The world’s largest economies are facing significant “energy and environmental burdens” from the transportation sector. Recent dramatic modal shifts, the emergence of clean vehicle technologies and the implementation of sustainable mobility systems have prompted the need to study how current trends impact mobility systems. The trends are driven primarily by the shared vehicle economy, connected and autonomous vehicles and vehicle electrification.
The study seeks to evaluate the interlocking relationships between these current trends and the subsequent impacts on transportation system utility, lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and vehicle technology adoption. This simulation analysis evaluated the transportation system-wide effects of widespread W+SABEV adoption in terms of impacts on GHG payback time, mobility and deployment burdens. Four key emerging technologies are therefore evaluated: wireless charging (W+), shared mobility, autonomous driving, and battery electric vehicles (BEVs).
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