FEDERAL SUPPORT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF ALTERNATIVE AUTOMOTIVE POWER SYSTEMS: THE GENERAL ISSUE AND THE STIRLING, DIESEL, AND ELECTRIC CASES

This report examines the federal government's role in supporting alternative automotive powerplant R and D for the explicit purpose of advancing the state-of-the-art. It begins with an examination of the process by which major product technology changes occur in the automotive industry. The automotive market is then examined for divergences between private and social costs and benefits, especially with respect to air pollution and fuel economy. Next the nature of the cost-benefit analysis problem is discussed. Finally, three specific technologies are examined in detail and recommendations made as to government-supported R and D for each.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also PB-238 771. Continuation of Grant NSF-EN-44166.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Energy Laboratory, 77 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA  USA  02139

    National Science Foundation

    Division of Policy Research and Analysis, 1800 G Street, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20550
  • Authors:
    • Linden, L H
    • Heywood, J B
    • Jacoby, H D
    • Margolis, H
  • Publication Date: 1976-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: 406 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00154379
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MIT-EL-76-014 Final Rpt., NSF/PRA-7421320/1/6
  • Contract Numbers: NSF-OEP74-21320
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 1977 12:00AM