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SV Car in laboratory under test
CU Batteries in car (2 shots)
SCU Engineer seated and testing car
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SV Car in laboratory with bonnet (hood) up
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SV & CU Car being tested by watching engineers (4 shots)
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SV & CUs Car being readied for outdoor testing on airstrip (4 shots)
SV, CU & GVs Car being tested on runway with controller giving instructions from tower (11 shots)
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REPORTER: "This car, running on a dynamometer at NASA's jet propulsion laboratory in Pasadena, is powered by a small electric motor and twenty batteries. It was designed and is owned by Wally Rippel, a senior engineer working on JPL's electric automobiles. They are needed in the future because of continuing oil shortages. Engineers here and at other NASA facilities hope to be ready with the research answers the will make it possible. The assessment of current electric vehicles is being conducted by NASA for the U.S. department of energy. The research is expected to provide the focus efforts. At a mile-long and infrequently used runway on the edge of the Mojave desert, engineers prepare one of the electric cars for coast-down tests. Object of the coast-down test is to determine the electric vehicle's aerodynamic resistance. The test is performed by towing the electric powered car up to about sixty miles an hour. At that speed it's released, the tow vehicle is driven out of the way, and the electric car coasts to a stop. Both the velocity and distance are measured using a fifth wheel and recording device. This tells researchers the aerodynamic resistance and the rolling resistance of the car, both important factory in energy consumption. Another part of the programme in the...Mojave is the driving cycle test. The car is driven fast and slow as if were being driven in traffic. The car's energy flow is measured under this set of driving conditions as well as the range that the car can achieve with fully charged batteries. Electric car research...an effort to find reasonable alternatives to gasoline-powered automobiles that may also a quieter and less polluting."
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Background: In the United States, the electric car is no longer a futuristic fantasy. Research at one of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) laboratories in Pasadena, California, for the United States Department of Energy, is currently underway. There they are testing an alternative to gasoline-powered automobiles that may also be quieter and less pollution. The inventor of one model says the main factor in favour of the electric car is that it can use any kind of energy to produce the electricity: oil, coal or nuclear. And even solar energy can be used to produce the electricity which is stored in the car for power.