§ Mr. Craigen
asked the Secretary of State for Energy what research projects, if any, are sponsored or supported by his Department in promoting the development of electrically-powered family cars.
§ Mr. Meacher
I have been asked to reply.374W
No research programmes on family electric cars are being sponsored by my Department since the light commercial vehicle with its more limited range is probably more appropriate to the technologies likely to be available in the near future. However, the board of the NRDC has authorised research programmes on integrated motor and control systems and on an advanced battery.