|- Innovative Solutions for E-Mobility and their Potential Impact on Climate Change 894 kb|
|by Farkas, Andor | email@example.com |
|This paper examines mobility and emobility trends in Europe as well as |
some of the technologies that will be integral to the new mobility system.
|A perfect storm of events are transforming mobility and modes of personal |
transportation. For the past several decades, (carbon-based) mobility has
mostly entailed automakers producing ever larger and more powerful cars and governments building newer and larger roads to accomodate them. This
mobility model has had a significant impact on our society, the economy and the environment. However, as global population and income levels grow, extending the current system to another 2 to 3 billion people is not feasible for a number of reasons. Peak oil, geopolitical tensions in oil producing states, urbanization of society and climate change are forcing us to rethink our mobility systems.
Renewable energy, decentralized energy production and the advent of the
smart grid are changing how energy is produced. Automakers are racing to
introduce electric vehicles. The transportation sector and cars are
currently responsible for a significant amount of the carbon emissions in
industrialized nations (between 15-30%). A shift towards electric vehicles
will help reduce these emissions. However, simply replacing combustion-
based cars with electric cars will neither relieve congestion on the roads nor ultimately avert climate change. Electric cars should be a component of a new intermodal transportation system. The system should combine walking, biking, e-bikes, light rail and other forms of public transportation with alternate forms of work (telecommuting).
This paper examines mobility and emobility trends in Europe as well as some of the technologies that will be integral to the new mobility system.
|e-mobility, e-bikes, charging stations, renewable energy|
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