Progress in Anglo/Danish research on materials for rechargeable batteries of advanced design using improved solid electrolytes and electrodes is described. The author discusses the need for a new programme of research and gives reasons for the particular line of research adopted. The problems associated with battery low energy density and low power rating of recharge are examined. However it is possible for an electric vehicle to have a traction efficiency much higher than that of internal combustion engined vehicles. If costs are competitive, the commercial success of the electric vehicle will depend upon its range. This range will be very limited unless a considerable improvement on current lead-acid battery density is obtained. Economic and operating reasons will make commercial electric vehicle popular first. The prospects of hybrid vehicles are examined. With its extensive use of battery powered milk floats, the UK has probably the most developed electric vehicle industry in the world. The assistance of electric vehicles in night/day load levelling of the electricity supply system is examined. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    IPC Business Press Limited

    35 Perrymount Road
    Haywards Heath, Sussex,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Tofield, B C
  • Publication Date: 1979-1-5

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: p. 29-32
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00194414
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 11 1979 12:00AM