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Small electric vehicles – benefits and drawbacks for sustainable urban development

Ewert, Amelie and Brost, Mascha and Schmid, Stephan (2021) Small electric vehicles – benefits and drawbacks for sustainable urban development. In: Small Electric Vehicles - An International View on Light Three- and Four-Wheelers Springer International Publishing. pp. 3-15. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-65843-4. ISBN 978-3-030-65842-7. ISSN 978-3-030-65843-4.

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Official URL: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-65843-4_1


Small electric vehicles (SEVs) have the potential to contribute to climate protection, efficient land use and mitigation of air pollution in cities. Even though, they show many benefits that could enhance urban quality of life, they are not yet widely used. In this paper benefits as well as drawbacks for these vehicles are discussed by combining literature research and outcomes of a mixed-method approach with expert interviews and an online survey. Resulting from these arguments a vision for SEVs in urban areas is drawn showing them integrated in a mix of various transport modes. Environmental benefits are derived, for example, from their lower weight and low maximum speed making them a more energy efficient transport option than heavier cars. Additionally, the small vehicle size lowers land use for SEVs and e.g. allows for less parking areas needed. However, they also hold constraints that need to be dealt with in different ways. On the one hand the lower safety compared to passenger cars is an issue that is further worsened by current traffic regulations. On the other hand costs in terms of purchase prices seem to be an issue for SEVs.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/142798/
Document Type:Book Section
Title:Small electric vehicles – benefits and drawbacks for sustainable urban development
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Ewert, AmelieAmelie.Ewert (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Brost, MaschaMascha.Brost (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Schmid, StephanStephan.Schmid (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-3081-8749
Date:April 2021
Journal or Publication Title:Small Electric Vehicles - An International View on Light Three- and Four-Wheelers
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
DOI :10.1007/978-3-030-65843-4
Page Range:pp. 3-15
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iD
Ewert, AmelieAmelie.Ewert@dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Schmid, StephanStephan.Schmid@dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-3081-8749
Brost, MaschaMascha.Brost@dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Davies, HuwCoventry UniversityUNSPECIFIED
Vinckx, LucElephant ConsultUNSPECIFIED
Publisher:Springer International Publishing
Keywords:Small electric vehicles, Vehicle concepts, Sustainable transport, category L
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Transport
HGF - Program Themes:other
DLR - Research area:Transport
DLR - Program:V - no assignment
DLR - Research theme (Project):V - no assignment
Location: Stuttgart
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Vehicle Concepts > Fahrzeugsysteme und Technologiebewertung
Deposited By: Brost, Mascha
Deposited On:08 Jul 2021 10:03
Last Modified:08 Jul 2021 10:03

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