The Energy Research and Development Administration is predicting the availability of family-sized electric vehicles in 1982 with performance characteristics of today's internal combustion engines and cars and capable of cruising 200 miles or more at 60 mph. ERDA considers the lead-acid, nickel-zinc and nickel-iron batteries to be the most promising for use in electric vehicles. Research in advanced battery concepts include the zinc-brimine, sodium-sulfur, zinc-chlorine and lithium-metal sulfide battery. The lithium-metal sulfide battery is expected to be capable of producing 200-220 Wh/Kg of energy which is equivalent to 55 mph for 180 miles for a four passenger vehicle. Under the Electric and Hydrid Vehicle Act, the government will purchase 5,000 advanced electric or hydrid vehicles. The manufactures will use the regenerative braking power and flywheels. Both would provide electric cars with additional power for starting, passing and acceleration. Cost of the electric or hybrid cars is expected to decrease as materials substituion and mass production increase.

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 16
  • Serial:
    • Automotive News
    • Volume: 52
    • Issue Number: 4638
    • Publisher: Crain Communications, Incorporated
    • ISSN: 0005-1551

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00156140
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 23 1977 12:00AM