The United States' Department of Energy is scheduled to announce today (June 20) its choice of participants for a six year program to demonstrate the feasibility of electric-powered vehicles.
Motorcade of electric-powered made-in Taiwan vans
Postman drives van, high shot van in Taipei traffic
Scenes in Taiwan auto assembly plant
Mechanics install lead-acid batteries in van
Taiwan's model "EV 2"...a 2-passenger vehicle
Closeup of car
View of engine through rear window, cu engine
"EV 2" on the road
With gasoline selling at $1.35 a gallon, and Taiwan importing 98 per cent of its petroleum, the government there decided that electric cars may solve consumption and pollution problems. Taiwan's postal system was chosen to make the test with electric vehicles produced in that country.
Free China's Tsing Hua (Ching Wha) University designed the vans ???. They cruise at 40 miles an hour, can hit 60, and have a range of 100 miles before they need recharging. Those speeds and that distance are adequate in smaller Asian and European countries which have the same problems as Taiwan.
The 26 horsepower engine costs a very low three cents a mile to run. Chines designers estimate the car will cost $2,600 when they get into full production next year.
In addition to the van, Taiwan is experimenting with a two-passenger electric car...the E-V 2. General Motors is providing the Chinese with some technical know-how in chassis design and may distribute the vehicle in the United States if there is a market for it.
While a pickup speed of zero to 37 miles an hour in twelve seconds won't satisfy drivers who make "jack-rabbit" starts, it will satisfy conservationists.
America's six year test of our own electric vehicles may prove that cars like these will suit the needs of many drivers who travel short distances and in heavy city traffic.
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Background: The United States' Department of Energy is scheduled to announce today (June 20) its choice of participants for a six year program to demonstrate the feasibility of electric-powered vehicles. Two hundred America-made, battery-powered vehicles will be used in the test aimed at reducing the consumption of gasoline and reducing noise and air pollution.
A similar test program is already underway in the Republic of China, Taiwan.