ELECTRIC VEHICLES - THE STATE OF THE GAME

A report is presented on the second international conference of the British-based electric vehicle development group which was held in Sheffield at the end of May. The author suggests that the results of the conference gave every indication that high-performance battery-electric vehicles might yet become a potent force in the road transport industry. Speakers at the conference discussed the problems of oil versus electricity for vehicle use, the political decisions that will be necessary when dealing with the complex relationships between supply and demand when researching new transport methods, the experience gained from the operation of different types of battery bus vehicle, battery-electric goods vehicle development, and proposals for the operation of public transport vehicles combining battery and mains electric systems. Reference is made to existing operational systems in the United Kingdom and in West Germany. Information is provided on electric vehicle research around the world - especially in the USA. It is suggested that, with manufacturers now able to offer vehicles which could be shown to be usable, that the drive to save fuel was coupled with an international move to revive inner city areas, where electric vehicles could be especially beneficial. /TRRL/

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    Embankment Press Limited

    Building 59, GEC Estate, East Lane
    Wembley, Middlesex HA9 7TQ,   England 
  • Authors:
    • ROWLANDS, P
  • Publication Date: 1978-7

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 24-26
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00184494
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 3 1981 12:00AM