Programme of Work
Task 7 began its work in 1998 to study and report on hybrid vehicle issues of interest to governments and automotive research organizations. Hybrid technology was considered a “new” technology in the late 1990s. Reliable information was needed on these topics: comparison of hybrid vehicle types, their environmental impacts, testing methods, and use of alternative fuels.
This task force was active in Phases 1 and 2 of IA-HEV and worked on two main activities:
An overview of the current situation of hybrid vehicles.
A study of a number of selected topics related to hybrid vehicles.
The studies resulted in the publication of Task 7 (Annex VII) Overview Report 2000: Worldwide Developments and Activities in the Field of Hybrid Road-Vehicle Technology.
Excerpt from the Executive Summary of the report:
This Overview Report on the status of Hybrid Vehicle Technologies and Programmes is the result of collaborative work carried out in Phase One of Task 7 (formerly called Annex VII) between June 1998 and June 2000. It incorporates the results of both Subtask VII/1 and Subtask VII/2 over this period. The main text is based on the information collected by the participants on the status of hybrid vehicle technology, R&D, and implementation projects and programs in the various countries. As the topics that have been studied in Subtask VII/2 closely relate to the aspects that are analyzed in the Overview Report resulting in Subtask VII/1, the Topic Reports have been integrated into this report at the appropriate places. Whenever this is the case, authors of the Topic Report are clearly mentioned.
Participating members were Belgium, Finland, France, Japan, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, and the United States.
The Operating Agent duty was held by TNO of the Netherlands.