THE U.S. PROMOTES ELECTRIC VEHICLES

The Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Research, Development and Demonstration Act of 1976 authorizes a Federally funded program to promote relevant technologies and to demonstrate the commercial feasibility of such vehicles. The Act calls for a 2-part demonstration program, and a program of financial incentives involving planning grants and loan guarantees to vehicle manufacturers. Areas where significant technological advancements are required before electric/hybrid vehicles can enter the consumer market in large quantities are listed: batteries, propulsion systems, manufacturing processes. The goal of electric vehicle systems development efforts is to produce a battery with a 300-percent increase in energy density and a 100 percent increase in cycle life as compared with lead/acid battery performance. Candidate hybrid (propelled by a combination of an electric and an internal combustion engine) approaches are undergoing systematic analysis to develop specifications for vehicles that will be fabricated and demonstrated in 3 years.

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    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

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  • Authors:
    • Esposito, V J
  • Publication Date: 1977-11

Media Info

  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 69
  • Serial:
    • IEEE Spectrum
    • Volume: 14
    • Issue Number: 1
    • Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
    • ISSN: 0018-9235

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00167614
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 27 1977 12:00AM