Impact of electric mobility


Event details

Date and time 21.12.2017 10:3011:30  
Place and room
Zeuzier, I17 4 K2
Speaker Dr. François Vuille
Director Development at the Energy Center,
EPFL Lausanne
Category Conferences - Seminars
ChE-605 - Highlights in Energy Research seminar series

Electric vehicles (EVs) have the potential to bring environmental, supply security and socio-economic benefits. However, they may also have negative impacts. For example, they could lead to an in increase CO2 emissions in case of a high share of coal in the electricity mix, or a reduction in employment, since EVs require less maintenance than gasoline vehicles. They can also haver an impact on the electric grid related to a possible increase of peak power demand. The overall impact of EV penetration is highly context dependent, and should be assessed within a comprehensive framework. In this lecture, we will discuss the overall economic and environmental performance of EVs and compare these to both incumbent ICE technologies and alternative novel technologies such as fuel cell vehicles. We will also discuss the global EV market and the reason why the EV penetration differs widely between regions. This will lead us to determine the socio-economic barriers to deployment.

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