Accession Number : AD0615883

Title :   ELECTRIC MOTOR CARS.

Descriptive Note : Memo.,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Hoffman,George A.

Report Date : MAR 1963

Pagination or Media Count : 59

Abstract : The electric automobiles studied are designed as the equivalent of their gasoline-engine counterparts in size, comfort, performance, and initial acceleration. Top speeds comparable to those of small present-day cars are shown to be realizable, though the range between refueling is not. Batteries are shown to be the most promising prospect for storing and delivering energy to the motor, achieving in some instances ranges up to 200 mi between battery recharges. On the other hand, fuel cells using inexpensive fuels, though affording much greater range, are shown to be too heavy at present for automotive use. Many appealing aspects of urban electricauto use are listed, such as less air pollution, less land area required for automation, and noise abatement. The lifetime costs derived can be somewhat lower than those of conventional cars; therefore it is concluded that electric cars could be substituted advantageously for conventional cars for individual urban transportation. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*PASSENGER VEHICLES, ELECTRIC MOTORS), FEASIBILITY STUDIES, BATTERY COMPONENTS, ELECTRIC BATTERIES, FUEL CELLS, ENERGY CONVERSION, NUCLEAR ENERGY, THERMIONIC CONVERTERS, THERMOELECTRICITY, POWER EQUIPMENT, COSTS

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE