Electric Vehicle Editor Article Selection

View Articles published in Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment Read selected papers on electric vehicles chosen and introduced by Transport Research Part D’s Patrick Jochem, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). These papers are free to access online until 31 August 2017.

Electric vehicles offer hope for cutting Green House Gas emissions

By Patrick Jochem
Editorial Board Member of Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment


Patrick Jochem Transport contributes least to Green House Gas (GHG) mitigation and the projections for this sector are worrying. A drastic electrification of transport is expected to reverse this trend. This has been the conclusion of a recent Special Issue of Transport Research Part D: Transport and Environment (Jochem et al.)

This research field has gained significant momentum in recent years. Early work in the nineties established two main research streams.

Kurani et al. spurred a tremendous body of research on user acceptance of electric vehicles and Kempton et al. focused on the impact from electric vehicles on the energy system.

The (missing) user acceptance, which sealed the deathblow of the first promising career of electric vehicles at the beginning of motorization, is currently focused in a comprehensive research stream with hundreds of publications (e.g. Axsen et al.) Most of this work conveys a very optimistic future for electric vehicles. But main barriers remain, as highlighted by Wan et al. in China, the largest car market today.

The second main stream researches energy systems and emissions, applying dozens of models in order to identify future challenges, not only in distribution grids but also on the macro-level, with a main focus on GHG emissions. Yeh et al. provide a brilliant overview and Van Mierlo et al. undertake an outstanding Life Cycle Assessment.

The current challenge of measuring the emissions of internal combustion engine vehicles and finding the “right” official driving cycle is discussed in Berzi et al. This, together with the contribution by Nakamichi et al. on the environmental impact from supply chains in the automobile industry, should be obligatory reading for politics and industry active in this field.

Electrification has started in other transportation modes, too. Besides the railways, E-Bikes are already highly developed and represent a significant success story for China, as shown by Ling et al. For road freight, Carrara et al. show promising tendencies, even though they do not take the role of over-head wires into account. Aviation is going to be the next playing field.

If your research addresses the electrification of transport and related areas, do consider submitting your paper to Transport Research Part D: Transport and Environment.


Articles in order of reference:

Climate change and transport

Patrick Jochem, Werner Rothengatter, Wolfgang Schade
Volume 45, June 2016, Pages 1-3

Testing electric vehicle demand in ‘hybrid households’ using a reflexive survey

Kenneth S. Kurani, Thomas Turrentine, Daniel Sperling
Volume 1, Issue 2, December 1996, Pages 131–150

Electric vehicles as a new power source for electric utilities

Willett Kempton, Steven E. Letendre
Volume 2, Issue 3, September 1997, Pages 157–175

How might potential future plug-in electric vehicle buyers differ from current “Pioneer” owners?

Jonn Axsen, Suzanne Goldberg, Joseph Bailey
Volume 47, August 2016, Pages 357-370

China’s electric car frustrations

Zheng Wan, Daniel Sperling, Yunshi Wang
Volume 34, January 2015, Pages 116–121

Detailed assessment of global transport-energy models’ structures and projections

Sonia Yeh, Gouri Shankar Mishra, Lew Fulton, Page Kyle, David L. McCollum, Joshua Miller, Pierpaolo Cazzola, Jacob Teter
Available online 15 November 2016

Environmental rating of vehicles with different alternative fuels and drive trains: a comparison of two approaches

Joeri Van Mierlo, Jean-Marc Timmermans, Gaston Maggetto, Peter Van den Bossche, Sandrine Meyer, Walter Hecq, Leen Govaerts, Johan Verlaak
Volume 9, Issue 5, September 2004, Pages 387–399

Development of driving cycles for electric vehicles in the context of the city of Florence

Lorenzo Berzi, Massimo Delogu, Marco Pierini
Volume 47, August 2016, Pages 299–322

Estimation of cost and CO2 emissions with a sustainable cross-border supply chain in the automobile industry: A case study of Thailand and neighboring countries

Kumiko Nakamichi, Shinya Hanaoka, Yuhki Kawahara
Volume 43, March 2016, Pages 158–168

From e-bike to car: A study on factors influencing motorization of e-bike users across China

Ziwen Ling, Christopher R. Cherry, Hongtai Yang, Luke R. Jones
Volume 41, December 2015, Pages 50–63

Freight futures: The potential impact of road freight on climate policy

Samuel Carrara, Thomas Longden
Available online 17 November 2016


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