AN OPEN ROAD FOR THE ELECTRIC VEHICLE

The article discusses current development in electric propulsion in the context of the recommendations of the Transport Working Group of the Advisory Council for Energy Conservation. They consider that electric propulsion seems inevitable when fossil fuel runs out and call for a serious study to decide when the UK should move towards electric vehicles. Although Britain, using large fleets of milk floats, is the world's biggest operator of electric vehicles, little research is sponsored by the government as it is in America and Japan. An Act of Congress in the US allows market support for research into energy storage, vehicle control systems and propulsion systems, including a lithium metal battery with an energy density about four times greater than current lead acid cells. Japanese developments, with government support include vehicles with hybrid battery systems (iron or zinc-air combined with lead acid) giving ranges of up to 500 km per charge at a constant 40 km/h. In West Germany, government support has been given to the development of vans and buses. /TRRL/

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    IPC Magazine Limited

    King's Reach Tower, Stamford Street
    London SE1 9LS,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Stansell, J
  • Publication Date: 1978-4-13

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: 70 p.
  • Serial:
    • NEW SCIENTIST
    • Volume: 78
    • Issue Number: 1098
    • Publisher: REED BUSINESS INFORMATION LTD
    • ISSN: 0262-4079

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00178640
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 27 1978 12:00AM