ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR THE HYBRID VEHICLE DEMONSTRATION PROJECT, PERFORMANCE STANDARDS AND FINANCIAL INCENTIVES
The demonstration project involves a total of 10,000 vehicles over the period FY 78 to FY 86, at 40-70 sites dispersed across the nation at one time. This assessment covers the first two buys in detail, representing 800 vehicles. The demonstration is highly structured and provides a sheltered environment for electric vehicles to hasten their successful commercialization. A high degree of monitoring and control will be maintained over the demonstration vehicles for the three-year contract period with each site operator. Data collection on user attitudes, vehicle performance and infrastructure changes is another goal of the demonstration. The safety and health impacts (the most significant of all impacts) are mitigated by the performance standards, including qualification tests, and the controlled nature of the demonstration. The principal socioeconomic impact concerns the need for training of local firefighters near demonstration sites. Unless novel fabricating or assembly techniques are used, no significant impacts can be expected from the manufacturing plants associated with the loan guaranty program, which is one of the mandated financial incentives. In view of the expected small scale of any environmental impacts, and the extremely low probability of any severe impacts, it is recommended that no environmental impact statement be prepared now, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, and that another environmental assessment be prepared for the remainder of the demonstration at a later date.
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- LaBelle, S J
- Publication Date: 1978-10-1
- Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
- Pagination: 83 p.
- TRT Terms: Consumer behavior; Consumer preferences; Demonstration projects; Electric vehicles; Environmental impacts; Financing; Health; Hybrid vehicles; Incentives; Manufacturing; Monitoring; Safety; Socioeconomic factors; Standards; Traffic crashes; Vehicle performance
- Subject Areas: Economics; Energy; Environment; Highways; Safety and Human Factors; Society; Vehicles and Equipment;
- Accession Number: 00189825
- Record Type: Publication
- Report/Paper Numbers: ANL/EES-TM-22
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: May 26 1979 12:00AM