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Indirect CO2 emissions of electric vehicles: Insights from real-world vehicle use

Kolarova, Viktoriya and Anderson, John E. and Hardinghaus, Michael (2018) Indirect CO2 emissions of electric vehicles: Insights from real-world vehicle use. ZENODO. 7th Transportation Research Arena TRA 2018, 2018-04-16 - 2018-04-19, Vienna, Austria. doi: 10.5281/zenodo.1435606.

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Official URL: https://zenodo.org/record/1435606#.XAAoIk2WyUk


Greenhouse gas emissions, in particular CO2 emissions, are a major environmental problem caused mainly by the transportation and the energy sectors. Electric vehicles have been proposed as a solution for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions in road transport. At the same time their potential emission reduction depends on the emissions from the generation of electricity used to charge the vehicles. This study analyzes indirect emissions of electric vehicles to examine optimization potential using real-world data. The results of the study suggest that charging during the daytime is associated with the usage of more electricity from renewable energy sources than charging in typical non-work hours. However, due to the highly violate character of renewable energy sources the differences are rather small. Also, CO2 emissions per kilometer driven depend on driving patterns influencing the energy demand of the vehicles. Accordingly, optimization potential using renewable energy-oriented time course of charging is found to be rather small with an average greenhouse gas emission reduction of 4%. Thus to achieve the potential of electric vehicles to solve environmental issues requires the optimization of driving and charging patterns as well as measures for reducing the carbon intensity in the electricity grid.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/123952/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Indirect CO2 emissions of electric vehicles: Insights from real-world vehicle use
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Kolarova, ViktoriyaUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-4365-5528UNSPECIFIED
Anderson, John E.UNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-7615-7926UNSPECIFIED
Hardinghaus, MichaelUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-3846-0323UNSPECIFIED
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:electric vehicles, charging patterns, driving patterns, vehicle data assessment, indirect emissions, greenhouse gas emissions
Event Title:7th Transportation Research Arena TRA 2018
Event Location:Vienna, Austria
Event Type:international Conference
Event Start Date:16 April 2018
Event End Date:19 April 2018
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Transport
HGF - Program Themes:Transport System
DLR - Research area:Transport
DLR - Program:V VS - Verkehrssystem
DLR - Research theme (Project):V - Verkehrsentwicklung und Umwelt II (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Transport Research
Institute of Transport Research > Passenger Transport
Institute of Transport Research > Mobility and Urban Development
Deposited By: Kolarova, Viktoriya
Deposited On:11 Jan 2019 09:47
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 20:27

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