Review of the Research Program of the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles reviews the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles (PNGV). The PNGV program is a cooperative research and development (R&D) program between the federal government and the United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR). A major objective of the PNGV program is to develop technologies for a new generation of vehicles with fuel economies up to three times (80 miles per gallon [mpg]) those of comparable 1994 family sedans. At the same time, these vehicles must be comparable in terms of performance, size, utility, and cost of ownership and operation and must meet or exceed federal safety and emissions requirements. The intent of the PNGV program is to develop concept vehicles by 2000 and production prototype vehicles by 2004.
This report examines the overall adequacy and balance of the PNGV research program to meet the program goals and requirements (i.e., technical objectives, schedules, and rates of progress). The report also discusses ongoing research on fuels, propulsion engines, and emission controls to meet emission requirements and reviews the USCAR partners' progress on PNGV concept vehicles for 2000.
Table of Contents
|2. Development of Vehicle Subsystems||18-55|
|3. Systems Analysis||56-59|
|4. Concept Vehicles||60-68|
|5. Major Crosscutting Issues||69-87|
|6. PNGV's Response to the Fifth Report||88-90|
|Appendix A: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members||95-103|
|Appendix B: Letter from PNGV||104-107|
|Appendix C: Presentations and Committee Activities||108-110|
|Appendix D: United States Council for Automotive Research Consortia||111-112|
|Acronyms and Abbreviations||113-114|
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