The Energy Resources Council established a Federal task force to study motor vehicle fuel economy goals beyond 1980. The assigned task force consisted of the DOT, EPA, ERDA, FEA, and NSF. Conclusions of the task include the following goals: 4 million barrels per day saving potential by 1995; 40 to 50 percent reduction in projected automobile fuel consumption by 1995; 80 to 100 percent improvement in individual automobile fuel economy; and 80 to 100 percent improvement in new-car fleet fuel economy with the current automobile size mix. They also determine that the fuel savings are dependent on the rate of introduction of new fuel-economical cars. The prospect that a revolutionary new engine technology development will make an impact on fuel efficiency within the 1980s is remote. Prospects for a highly efficient electric car in the next 10 years appear remote, also. It is further concluded that substantial reductions in auto deaths and injuries are achievable; continuing improvement in ambient air quality can be achieved; alternative NO/sub x/ control strategies need be studied; savings in cost of auto transportation and savings in auto material resources are achievable; achievement of fuel economy standards is possible; and a good future exists for the industry and employment. There are issues of concern and these are summarized. (ERA citation 02:022673)

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    Department of Transportation

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    Environmental Protection Agency

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  • Publication Date: 1976-9-2

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  • Pagination: 34 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00159283
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 31 1978 12:00AM