The background to the development of electric and hybrid vehicle research is discussed the petroleum savings and technology requirements are assessed, energy storage systems technology and safety considerations and requirements and discussed, and comments are made on the availability of raw materials and the impacts on the petroleum industry. The modification of existing tax structure to include operation of electric and hybrid vehicles is also considered. The penetration of the electric and hybrid vehicles into the transportation sector will require significant advances in electric and hybrid vehicle technology. The process requries a combined effort including a demonstration program to educate both the consumer and the technical community to their advantages and potential. The ERDA energy storage systems research and development program is briefly discussed. The factors that must be addressed before safety requirements are imposed are: crashworthiness, fire protection, electric shock protection, crash avoidance subsystems, placement batteries, and the containment of dangerous materials (eg., acid electrotyte). The nature of the type and level of road user tax that would be applied to vehicles that do not consume conventional fuels (such as electric vehicles) will be an issue in the development of their use in commerce.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Joint Center for Transportation Studies

    202 C Street
    San Diego, CA  United States  92101
  • Authors:
    • Kelley, A P
  • Publication Date: 1976-12

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 3-17
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00185386
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Perspectives
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 3 1979 12:00AM