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Main Title Evaluation of Gastell, a device to modify driving habits /
Author Barth, Edward Anthony.
CORP Author Environmental Protection Agency, Ann Arbor, MI. Test and Evaluation Branch.
Publisher Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Mobile Source Air Pollution Control, Emission Control Technology Division, Test and Evaluation Branch,
Year Published 1981
Report Number EPA-AA-TEB-81-13
Stock Number PB81-244089
OCLC Number 775441327
Subjects Automobiles--Fuel consumption--Measurement
Additional Subjects Automobiles ; Fuel consumption ; Throttling ; Performance evaluation ; Acceleration(Physics) ; Gastell devices ; Driving habits
Internet Access
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Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
ELCD  EPA AA-TEB-81-13 NVFEL Library/Ann Arbor, MI 02/13/2012
NTIS  PB81-244089 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 47 p. : ill., charts ; 28 cm.
In general, the EPA testing of the Gastell Device did not show a positive benefit from its use. None of the Phase I chassis Dynamometer tests with the device installed showed a positive fuel economy effect. Four vehicles of varying size and power-to-weight ratio were road tested in San Antonio (with from one to two drivers each) and only one vehicle/driver combination showed a fuel economy improvement (5%). It is concluded from the test data available that only drivers with aggressive driving behavior (or other driving habits that involve excessive throttle manipulation) could benefit from use of this device and then only if: (1) their vehicle happended to have the fuel economy response characteristics that favorably matched the activation setting of the device, and (2) the driver consistently responded to the device signal and refrained from such aggressive driving.
"February 1981." "EPA-AA-TEB-81-13." Cover title.