The plastics-intensive battery-powered electric vehicle (EV), produced in volume quantities, may be a giant step closer to reality. Continental Group, Inc, has just developed a new type of battery that it says can be used in conventional-sized automobiles, and that permits cruising speeds up to 100 m.p.h. and a driving range of 1000 miles before recharging. While industry waits for this development, EVs already represent a growth market for plastics. Industry sources anticipate an annual market for one million EVs by 1985. At an average of 600 lb. of plastics per car, this would add about 250,000 tons of plastics to the automotive market, or roughly 25% of this year's tonnage. The new growth for plastics-intensive EVs was apparent at last month's International Electric Vehicle Exposition in Philadelphia. Many of the commercial and experimental models on display have structural members and body panels made entirely from plastics, as well as front and rear ends, fascia, and passenger seats. The heavy use of plastics is to componsate for the 1000 lb. or so of batteries required by each conventional EV.

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  • Publication Date: 1978-11

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  • Pagination: p. 44-45
  • Serial:
    • Modern Plastics
    • Volume: 55
    • Issue Number: 11
    • Publisher: McGraw-Hill, Incorporated

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  • Accession Number: 00194005
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 26 1979 12:00AM