1978-02-01

Overview of Electric Vehicles in the United States 780085

This paper comprises a review of the scope and objectives of the Department of Energy's Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Program. Current status is outlined as of February 1978 for the demonstration and technology development efforts, including both vehicle and battery developments. Performance specifications are noted for the first 200-400 vehicle demonstration in 1978 and for the near-term Department of Energy integrated electric vehicle development. Although competitive success of electric and hybrid vehicles is questionable for the next decade, eventual commercial acceptance of such vehicles as a major petroleum conservation tool is predicted.

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