The electric car just be a new design, specifically optimized for its intended use, and with an improved power system that will maximize the power and capacity available from an existing or near-term battery. In recongnition of the above, the Energy Research and Development administration has sponsored the electric vehicle design program. The Phase I study of this program conducted by Garrett/AiResearch is essentially complete, and a number of important conclusions have been made. The three most important of these conclusions are: (1) the near-term goals of performance, range, and cost can be achieved by an advanced vehicle design; (2) a regenerative power system is required to meet the performance and range goals; and (3) an advanced frame and body design using lightweight materials is required to meet the performance and cost goals. This proposed development plan is submitted in compliance with the requirements of Task 4 of the Phase I study program. It describes a comprehensive, three-phase 54- month development program. This program has been carefully planned to develop the required technological improvements, integrate them into a safe and economical commuter car design, and to confirm, by test demonstrations, the validity of the design to achieve the intended goals. The program is planned in three phases; these phases are overlapped to allow completion of all objectives. All phases have been staggered to allow feedback of test results into the subsequent design tasks. The program is based heavily on the Phase I results, including the selected preliminary design. The design, the technical approach, and the development plan are summarized. The work that is to be done in each phase is described in detail. Each phase will have specific technical objectives and an updated economic analysis, including a cost, marketing, and manufacturing plan. (ERA citation 03:008735)

  • Corporate Authors:

    AiResearch Manufacturing Company

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    Energy Research and Development Administration

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  • Publication Date: 1976-12-3

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  • Pagination: 89 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00175413
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Contract Numbers: EY-76-C-03-1213
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 14 1978 12:00AM