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Project Status: complete

Title: 1992 electric vehicle technology and emissions update

Principal Investigator / Author(s): Knight, Robert

Contractor: Bevilacqua-Knight, Inc. and Systems Applications, Inc.

Contract Number: A866-187

Research Program Area: Emissions Monitoring & Control

Topic Areas: Mobile Sources & Fuels


This report presents the results of a 1990-1992 assessment of electric and hybrid-electric technology status and the outlook for its commercial introduction in California. It also includes a detailed study of the air pollutant emissions impacts potentially attributable to the eventual widespread use of electric vehicles in the South Coast Air Basin. Findings suggest that mass-market electric battery-powered passenger cars are nearing commercial readiness and are likely to be introduced in California by major automakers in the mid-1990s. Principal problems deal primarily with battery technology but appear solvable. A variety of public policy and regulatory actions are suggested to further encourage EV use. The study's assessment of potential EV-induced emissions impacts in the SCAB found that large net in-basin emissions reduction benefits would be gained from large scale EV deployment over the next 20 years, confirming the results of other similar independent studies.


For questions regarding this research project, including available data and progress status, contact: Heather Choi at (916) 322-3893

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