A group of experts met on July 31, 1978 to discuss the potential for the commercialization of electric/hybrid vehicles. Most group members feel that technology is available today to produce electric vehicles suitable for some personal and commercial uses. However, commercialization on a scale that would have a significant impact on petroleum usage--and afford vehicle, component, and infrastructure suppliers a profit--will require government incentives, research and development, and time for the research to produce results for the necessary sales, promotion, and service support to be developed. Chances of successful near-term commercialization are considered to be greater in the commercial than the personal market. An aggressive, leading role by the Federal government will significantly speed up successful commercialization. Three essential elements of this activity are: R and D, demonstration programs, and continuing monitoring of marketplace conditions and program progress against goals. More specifically, government involvement as described by P.L. 94-413 and as practiced to date by DOE is considered appropriate.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Elrick and Lavidge, Incorporated

    650 California
    San Francisco, CA  United States  94108

    Department of Energy

    1000 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20585
  • Publication Date: 1978-8

Media Info

  • Pagination: 19 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00198825
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Contract Numbers: EV-78-C-01-6457
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 17 1980 12:00AM