To determine the effects of alternative energy conservation policies on total sales of new cars and upon the distribution by size-class and origin (foreign vs. domestic), in-depth interviews were administered to seven hundred recent new-car buyers. Extensive income and demographic data were collected from the respondents along with information on the characteristics and patterns of use of currently owned vehicles. Four policy options (no change, gasoline taxes, excise taxes proportional to fuel consumption, and regulation of fuel economy) were explained to the respondents. For each policy option, respondents indicated how they thought their automobile purchases for the 1976-1980 time period would be affected in terms of vehicle size, origin, timing of purchase, etc. Volume I of this report describes the scenarios for each of the policy options, presents the survey findings, and estimates their applications on government policies.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also Volume 2, PB-272 925.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Little (Arthur D), Incorporated

    Acorn Park
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02140

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142
  • Authors:
    • Morton, A S
    • Strong, S T
    • Metcalf, E I
    • Marple, G A
    • Freedman, A
  • Publication Date: 1977-8

Media Info

  • Pagination: 115 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00167375
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ADL-78542-06-1-Vol-1, DOT-TSC-OST-77-1-I
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-TSC-1060-1
  • Files: NTIS
  • Created Date: Dec 27 2002 12:00AM