The performance of current and future electric vehicles is examined and compared with that of projected heat-engine vehicles. The shortcomings of electric vehicles in the near future are also discussed. It is predicted that the all-electric vehicle, even those utilizing flywheels to meet transient power demands, will not gain wide acceptance in the near future because of degraded performance characteristics. It is indicated that the flywheel always improves performance and range under certain circumstances. Therefore, a hybrid concept that can increase performance in the near future is examined. This type of vehicle as a much-needed transition system to provide an evolutionary change from the heat engine vehicle of today to future electric vehicles with acceptable performance. (ERA citation 03:021857)

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of California, Livermore

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    Livermore, CA  United States  94550

    Department of Energy

    1000 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20585
  • Authors:
    • O'Connell, L G
    • COOPER, J F
    • Miller, A B
    • Newkirk, H W
  • Publication Date: 1977-10-19

Media Info

  • Pagination: 16 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00180587
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Contract Numbers: W-7405-ENG-48
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 19 1978 12:00AM