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The Potential of Light Electric Vehicles for Climate Protection through Substitution for Passenger Car Trips - Germany as a Case Study

Brost, Mascha and Gebhardt, Laura and Ehrenberger, Simone and Dasgupta, Isheeka and Hahn, Robert (2022) The Potential of Light Electric Vehicles for Climate Protection through Substitution for Passenger Car Trips - Germany as a Case Study. Project Report. 37 S.

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Abstract

Light electric vehicles can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by replacing large and heavy vehicles. Emissions decrease for replacement of passenger cars with any type of propulsion, albeit to different extents. In order to quantify the theoretical potential of emission reduction, this study models a scenario in 2030, in which a major modal shift away from trips with full-sized passenger cars to LEVs has taken place. This analysis assumes today’s patterns of mobility are maintained, but using full sized cars only for those few trips which are very long or include many occupants. The work employs Germany as a case study for potential savings, given the national importance of cars as both a means of mobility and an economic sector. Statistical data from a representative national survey serves as the basis for analysing which car trips can be substituted with LEVs. We use the characteristics of vehicles (e.g. speed, range, number of seats) and trips (e.g. distance) to determine which trips may be conducted in LEVs, and thus derive a total for substitutable car kilometers. Together with an assessment of greenhouse gas emissions per vehicle kilometer for both LEVs and the replaced vehicles (considering production via life cycle analyses and energy for vehicle use), a theoretical, calculative potential of greenhouse gas emissions savings is derived for Germany. The analysis shows that up to 50 % of car mileage could be replaced with LEVs which corresponds to up to 44 % savings of greenhouse gas emissions.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/186036/
Document Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Title:The Potential of Light Electric Vehicles for Climate Protection through Substitution for Passenger Car Trips - Germany as a Case Study
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Brost, MaschaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Gebhardt, LauraUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0167-8481UNSPECIFIED
Ehrenberger, SimoneUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-2148-5129UNSPECIFIED
Dasgupta, IsheekaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hahn, RobertUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:24 March 2022
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Number of Pages:37
Status:Published
Keywords:Light Electric Vehicles, e-bikes, speed-pedelecs, LEV, L5e, L6e, L7e, transport emission reduction potential, LCA
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 - Energie und Verkehr (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof , Stuttgart
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Vehicle Concepts > Fahrzeugsysteme und Technologiebewertung
Institute of Transport Research > Mobility and Urban Development
Deposited By: Brost, Mascha
Deposited On:21 Apr 2022 12:49
Last Modified:29 Mar 2023 00:01

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