A technical analysis of energy storage devices and energy storage power systems for automobiles was performed to determine which devices and power systems are most likely to provide credible alternatives to current automobile propulsion systems between now and the year 2000. Electrochemical, mechanical, and chemical/thermal energy storage devices were examined, and the leading candidates in each category were identified. Various automotive power systems based on these storage devices were then analyzed and compared to each other as well as to internal-combustion-engine (ICE) automobiles designed for comparable levels of performance. The results suggest that some energy storage vehicles will offer performance equal to that of present-day ICE automobiles. However, energy storage vehicles will, for the most part, weigh more and cost more than comparable ICE vehicles. (ERA citation 03:031300)

  • 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:
    • Behrin, E
    • Bolger, J
    • Hudson, C L
    • O'Connell, L G
    • Rubin, B
  • Publication Date: 1977-12-15

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  • Pagination: 651 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00181091
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Contract Numbers: W-7405-ENG-48
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 14 1978 12:00AM