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Main Title Prospects for Electric Vehicles. A Study of Low-Pollution-Potential Vehicles - Electric.
CORP Author Little (Arthur D.), Inc., Cambridge, Mass.
Year Published 1969
Report Number PH-86-67-108; 69-52;
Stock Number PB-194 814
Additional Subjects ( Electric vehicles ; Forecasting) ; ( Air pollution ; Transportation) ; ( Electric automobiles ; Forecasting) ; ( Electric batteries ; Electric vehicles) ; ( Highway transportation ; Electric vehicles) ; Electric trucks ; Buses(Vehicles) ; Alkali metals ; Storage batteries ; Electric controllers ; Molten salt electrolytes ; Thermal insulation ; Electric motors ; Fuel cells ; Cost estimates ; Refueling ; Hybrid propulsion ; Weight(Mass) ; Metal air batteries ; Lead acid batteries ; Battery chargers ; Research projects ; Automobile bodies ; Aerodynamic drag ; Air pollution control
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NTIS  PB-194 814 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 105p
The major purpose of the research described was to assess the state of the art in the technologies on which the future development of electric highway vehicles depends. The assessment is made on the basis that there will be no major change in the patterns of urban transportation and focuses upon the technical requirements of the vehicle. As a framework for the study, technical and, to a lesser extent, cost criteria were established for six classes of electric vehicles, most of which correspond closely in performance to existing conventionally powered types. On the basis of these criteria the prospects for vehicle application of various electric motor and control systems and a wide range of electrical power sources including batteries, fuel cells, and engine-generator-battery hybrids are compared. The most promising systems for further development are identified and the magnitude of the shortfall in their present characteristics is estimated. Recommendations are made for the expansion of future effort in these areas, taking into account the expected contributions from existing programs in the public and private sectors of the economy. The technology of electric vehicles appears to be attainable, quite possibly at an acceptable cost. A very substantial technical effort is called for if the required technologies are to be brought to maturity. The technical risks of this endeavor are too great for the investment to be borne by private capital alone, particularly since the major objective is a technology desirable for its social good rather than for its profit potential. (Author)