Minimum performance standards for electric and hybrid vehicles were developed. The standards cover passenger cars and commercial vehicles, with the latter having possible agricultural uses. The primary results cover performance parameters such as payload, acceleration time, top speed, range (both constant speed and on an SAE J227a schedule C cycle), maximum energy consumption, gradability, battery life, battery recharge time, safety standards, handling, weatherproofing, audio and radiation noise, and maintainability. The performance standards are substantially less than those of conventional automobiles but represent a compromise between perceived user needs, actual user needs, measured and claimed performance of existing vehicles, the views of highway planners, views as expressed by manufacturers, design studies conducted by contractors for ERDA, availability in the near term, and cost. The performance standards for hybrid vehicles reflect the same standards for an all electric vehicle except that the engine is used to extend the vehicle range so as to increase its utility. (ERA citation 03:012799)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Little (Arthur D), Incorporated

    Acorn Park
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02140

    Energy Research and Development Administration

    20 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Gott, P
    • Hurter, D
  • Publication Date: 1977-9

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  • Pagination: 156 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00175711
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Contract Numbers: EY-76-C-03-1335
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 28 1978 12:00AM