THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF CONVERSION TO A NON-POLLUTING AUTOMOBILE

THE IMPACT OF A CHANGEOVER IN THE PRODUCTION OF AMERICAN AUTOMOTIVE POWER PLANTS FROM THE CONVENTIONAL INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE TO A NONPOLLUTING ENGINE WOULD BE FELT IN NEARLY EVERY SECTOR OF THE ECONOMY. FOR A FEW INDUSTRIES- AUTOMOTIVE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADE, AUTOMOTIVE REPAIRS AND SERVICE, ENGINE ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT, PETROLEUM REFINING, NONFERROUS METALS, AND SEVERAL OTHERS-THE IMPACT WOULD BE LARGE. THE DEMAND FOR COPPER, ALUMINUM, STAINLESS STEEL, AND CAST IRON WOULD PROBABLY INCREASE, WHILE THE DEMAND FOR STEEL WOULD DECREASE. THE GREATEST IMPACT WOULD BE ON THE AUTO MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY ITSELF, WHICH IS CHARACTERIZED BY A HIGH DEGREE OF VERTICAL INTEGRATION. A GRADUAL CHANGEOVER NOT ONLY WOULD PERMIT AMORTIZATION OF INITIAL COSTS; IT WOULD ALSO ENABLE THE AUTO AND TOOL-AND- DIE MANUFACTURERS TO COORDINATE CAPITAL EXPENDITURES WITH NEEDED REPLACEMENTS AND MODERNIZATIONS. STATE-BY-STATE LISTS ARE GIVEN OF INDUSTRIES AFFECTED. /HSL/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • REPORT NO IRT-R-12
  • Corporate Authors:

    International Research and Development Corporation

    1501 Wilson Boulevard
    Arlington, VA  United States  22209
  • Authors:
    • Ayres, E
  • Publication Date: 1969

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 96 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00202203
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Literature
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 7 1972 12:00AM