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
2. Why electromobility and what is it?
3. Vehicle components and configurations
Mikael Alatalo, Electric Power Engineering, Chalmers
4. Are electric vehicles safer than combustion engine vehicles?
5. How energy efficient is electrified transport?
6. Less or different environmental impact?
7. Will metal scarcity limit the use of electric vehicles?
8. Future energy supply and the competiveness of electric vehicles
9. Electric vehicles and intermittent electricity production
10. Electric vehicles and driving patterns
Lars-Henrik Kullingsjö, Physical Resource Theory, Chalmers
11. How will car users shape electromobility and how will electromobility shape users?
12. Does electromobility require new business models?
13. Policy incentives for market introduction of electric vehicles
Kenneth Lebeau, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
14. Electromobility from the freight company perspective
15. Hybrid-electric buses – a first step towards electrified heavy vehicles?
16. Electric bicycle adoption – opportunities and requirements
17. Electrifying the automotive industry via R&D collaborations