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Environmental Assessment of Lightweight Electric Vehicles

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This monograph adresses the challenge of the environmental assessment of leightweight electric vehicles. It poses the question whether the use of lightweight materials in electric vehicles can reduce the vehicles’ environmental impact and compares the environmental performance of a lightweight electric vehicle (LEV) to other types of vehicles. The topical approach focuses on methods from life cycle assessment (LCA), and the book concludes with a comprehensive concept on the environmental assessment of LEVs. The target audience primarily comprises LCA practitioners from research institutes and industry, but it may also be beneficial for graduate students specializing in the field of environmental assessment.

Table of Contents

Frontmatter
Chapter 1. Lightweight Electric Vehicles—A Good Environmental Choice?
Abstract
The modes of transportation at our disposal are very important for the course of events in our everyday lives.
Patricia Egede
Chapter 2. Electric Vehicles, Lightweight Design and Environmental Impacts
Abstract
This chapter provides the necessary theoretical background to understand the environmental impacts of LEVs. For this purpose, the chapter is divided into four parts. First, the relevant aspects of EVs and lightweight design are presented. Then, environmental impacts are discussed and Life Cycle Assessment, a method to evaluate these impacts, is introduced. Finally, the environmental impacts of LEVs are explained and the demand for a corresponding Life Cycle Assessment concept is derived.
Patricia Egede
Chapter 3. State of Research on the Environmental Assessment of Electric and Lightweight Vehicles
Abstract
The following chapter reviews the state of research on the environmental assessment of LEVs. First, the existing approaches are presented in the categories of LCA guidelines for vehicles and LCA studies on the three topics: (1) EVs, (2) conventional lightweight vehicles and (3) LEVs. Based on this discussion, an evaluation of the current state of research regarding a set of criteria is performed. This evaluation serves as a mean to derive the requirements of research.
Patricia Egede
Chapter 4. Concept for the Environmental Assessment of Lightweight Electric Vehicles
Abstract
This chapter presents a concept for the environmental assessment of LEVs. First, the objective of and the requirements on the concept are described. Then, an overall description of the concept consisting of four main parts is given. These four main parts are then described in detail. They are (1) the system description, (2) the modelling, (3) the visualization and (4) the implementation.
Patricia Egede
Chapter 5. Case Studies on the Comparison of (Lightweight) Electric Vehicles with Conventional and Reference Electric Vehicles
Abstract
This chapter shows the application of the concept developed in Chap. 4. It is divided into two parts. First, the comparative assertion of conventional vehicles and EVs is conducted. Second, the comparison of a LEV with a reference EV is presented.
Patricia Egede
Chapter 6. Summary, Critical Review and Outlook
Abstract
This chapter serves as a conclusion of this work. First a summary gives a brief overview of each chapter—its main purpose and outcome. Second, a critical review provides an evaluation of this work, highlights, the innovative elements and existing restrictive aspects. Finally, an outlook on future research activities to expand this topic is given.
Patricia Egede
Metadata
Title
Environmental Assessment of Lightweight Electric Vehicles
Author
Patricia Egede
Copyright Year
2017
Electronic ISBN
978-3-319-40277-2
Print ISBN
978-3-319-40276-5
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-40277-2

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