Systems Perspectives on Electromobility

The transportation of goods and people is at the heart of the industrial society. Yet transportation relies heavily upon oil – a scarce fossil fuel that contributes to climate change and local air pollution. The term ‘electromobility’ refers to an alternative transportation system based on vehicles propelled by electricity. Electromobility is increasingly seen as favourable in that it could circumvent problems related to both oil and biofuels whilst meeting our mobility needs and desires. 

However, the virtue of electromobility is not uncontested and a range of questions demand an answer: if electric vehicles are energy efficient; if they are safe; how environmental friendly they are; if metal resource scarcity will limit their use; to what extent driving patterns shape or are shaped by new types of vehicles; if electromobility is suitable only for cars and not for heavy vehicles, or vice versa; and what type of new business models and governmental policy support that is required to stimulate demand for electric vehicles.

There is not one final answer to questions like these. However, studying electromobility from different systems perspectives can help to resolve such complex issues. The seventeen chapters of Systems Perspectives on Electromobility 2017 address different topics related to the immensely important issue of whether – and to what extent – our transport systems can and should be energised by electricity.

Systems Perspectives on Electromobility is an evolving ebook with annual updates. You may also want to read Systems perspectives on Renewable Power and Systems Perspectives on Biorefineries. Also a shorter Swedish version of this book called Perspektiv på eldrivna fordon is available on our Swedish website.


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Contents: System Perspectives on Electromobility

1. Assessing electromobility

Björn Sandén, Environmental Systems Analysis, Chalmers

2. Why electromobility and what is it?

Anders Grauers, Automation, Chalmers
Steven Sarasini, Environmental Systems Analysis, Chalmers
Magnus Karlström, Chalmers Industriteknik

3. Vehicle components and configurations

Sonja Tidblad Lundmark, Electric Power Engineering, Chalmers
Mikael Alatalo, Electric Power Engineering, Chalmers
Torbjörn Thiringer, Electric Power Engineering, Chalmers
Emma Grunditz, Electric Power Engineering, Chalmers
Bengt-Erik Mellander, Subatomic and Plasma Phyiscs, Chalmers

4. Are electric vehicles safer than combustion engine vehicles?

Fredrik Larsson, Subatomic and Plasma Phyiscs, Chalmers
Bengt-Erik Mellander, Subatomic and Plasma Phyiscs, Chalmers

5. How energy efficient is electrified transport?

Sten Karlsson, Physical Resource Theory, Chalmers

6. Less or different environmental impact?

Anders Nordelöf, Environmental Systems Analysis, Chalmers
Anne-Marie Tillman, Environmental Systems Analysis, Chalmers

7. Will metal scarcity limit the use of electric vehicles?

Maria Ljunggren Söderman, Environmental Systems Analysis, Chalmers
Duncan Kushnir, Environmental Systems Analysis, Chalmers
Björn Sandén, Environmental Systems Analysis, Chalmers

8. Future energy supply and the competiveness of electric vehicles

Fredrik Hedenus, Physical Resource Theory, Chalmers
Maria Grahn, Physical Resource Theory, Chalmers

9. Electric vehicles and intermittent electricity production

Lisa Göransson, Energy Technology, Chalmers
David Steen, Electric Power Engineering, Chalmers

10. Electric vehicles and driving patterns

Sten Karlsson, Physical Resource Theory, Chalmers
Lars-Henrik Kullingsjö, Physical Resource Theory, Chalmers

11. How will car users shape electromobility and how will electromobility shape users?

Pontus Wallgren, Design & Human Factors, Chalmers
Helena Strömberg, Design & Human Factors, Chalmers

12. Does electromobility require new business models?

Mats Williander, Viktoria Swedish ICT

13. Policy incentives for market introduction of electric vehicles

Frances Sprei, Physical Resource Theory, Chalmers
Cathy Macharis, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Kenneth Lebeau, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Magnus Karlström, Chalmers Industriteknik

14. Electromobility from the freight company perspective

Per Olof Arnäs, Logistics and Transportation, Chalmers
Magnus Karlström, Chalmers Industriteknik

15. Hybrid-electric buses – a first step towards electrified heavy vehicles?

Thomas Magnusson, Linköping University
Christian Berggren, Linköping University

16. Electric bicycle adoption – opportunities and requirements

Göran Smith, Chalmers
Pontus Wallgren, Chalmers

17. Electrifying the automotive industry via R&D collaborations

Steven Sarasini, Environmental Systems Analysis, Chalmers
Björn Sandén, Environmental Systems Analysis, Chalmers
Magnus Karlström, Chalmers Industriteknik

Page manager Published: Tue 13 Feb 2018.