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Project Status: complete

Title: Automatic charging system for electric vehicles-demonstration project.

Principal Investigator / Author(s): Tenure, Kenneth

Contractor: Bevilacqua Knight, Inc

Contract Number: 96-321

Research Program Area: Emissions Monitoring & Control

Topic Areas: ICAT Grants / Technology, Mobile Sources & Fuels


The goal of this project was to demonstrate an automatic charging system on an electric vehicle (EV) as a means of enhancing the desirability of EVs.

The problem stems from the EV's short driving range per charge, which requires EV drivers to charge the vehicle's battery approximately six to eight times more often than one might have to fill a conventional car with gasoline. By eliminating most of the driver's involvement with the charging process, the automatic charging system helps to ensure that the frequency of charging operations is not a source of irritation for the driver. Perhaps even more important, the automatic charging system also insures that no opportunity to charge the EV is missed. This feature will substantially expand the capability of the vehicle, improve its reliability and increase the service life of its battery.


For questions regarding this research project, including available data and progress status, contact: Research Division staff at (916) 445-0753

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