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The computer simulation of automobile use patterns for defining battery requirements for electric carsThe modeling process of a complex system, based on the calculation and optimization of the system parameters, is complicated in that some parameters can be expressed only as probability distributions. In the present paper, a Monte Carlo technique was used to determine the daily range requirements of an electric road vehicle in the United States from probability distributions of trip lengths, frequencies, and average annual mileage data. The analysis shows that a daily range of 82 miles meets to 95% of the car-owner requirements at all times with the exception of long vacation trips. Further, it is shown that the requirement of a daily range of 82 miles can be met by a (intermediate-level) battery technology characterized by an energy density of 30 to 50 Watt-hours per pound. Candidate batteries in this class are nickel-zinc, nickel-iron, and iron-air. These results imply that long-term research goals for battery systems should be focused on lower cost and longer service life, rather than on higher energy densities
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Legacy CDMS
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Conference Paper
Schwartz, H.-J.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, Ohio, United States)
Date Acquired
August 8, 2013
Publication Date
August 1, 1976
Subject Category
Urban Technology And Transportation
Meeting Information
Meeting: International Electric Vehicle Symposium
Location: Duesseldorf
Country: Germany
Start Date: August 31, 1976
Sponsors: Union Internationale des Producteurs et Distributeurs d'Energie Electrique, Electric Vehicle Council
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