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Potentials of Light Electric Vehicles for Climate Protection by Substituting Passenger Car Trips

Ehrenberger, Simone and Dasgupta, Isheeka and Brost, Mascha and Gebhardt, Laura and Seiffert, Robert (2022) Potentials of Light Electric Vehicles for Climate Protection by Substituting Passenger Car Trips. World Electric Vehicle Journal, 13 (183). Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). doi: 10.3390/wevj13100183. ISSN 2032-6653.

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For the transformation of the mobility sector, small and light electric vehicles (LEV) show great promise, owing to their efficiency and low vehicle weight resulting in low energy consumption and lower greenhouse gas emissions per driven kilometer. The presented study focuses on the theoretical potential of substitutability of passenger car trips in Germany by varied LEVs based on the “Mobilität in Deutschland 2017” (“Mobility in Germany 2017”) dataset, for the year 2030. A detailed approach for identifying substitutable car trips was developed, reflecting age, trip purpose, number of passengers, and other decision criteria. By conducting a life cycle assessment of the considered LEVs and passenger cars, potential emission savings were analyzed. In the considered baseline scenario, it is found that emissions could be reduced by 44 % with 50% of passenger car mileage being substitute by LEVs. This study, thereby, gives way to further research on LEVs, and would urge both policy makers and general users to steer towards comprehensive measures that encourage a switch from cars to LEVs.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/188686/
Document Type:Article
Title:Potentials of Light Electric Vehicles for Climate Protection by Substituting Passenger Car Trips
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Ehrenberger, SimoneUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-2148-5129UNSPECIFIED
Gebhardt, LauraUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0167-8481UNSPECIFIED
Date:2 October 2022
Journal or Publication Title:World Electric Vehicle Journal
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Publisher:Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
Keywords:car trip substitution; greenhouse gas emissions; life cycle assessment; small and light electric vehicles
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 - DATAMOST - Daten & Modelle zur Mobilitätstransform, V - VMo4Orte - Vernetzte Mobilität für lebenswerte Orte
Location: Stuttgart
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Vehicle Concepts > Fahrzeugsysteme und Technologiebewertung
Institute of Transport Research > Passenger Transport
Deposited By: Ehrenberger, Simone
Deposited On:17 Oct 2022 17:22
Last Modified:17 Oct 2022 17:22

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