Development of a Whole Life Cycle Economic and Environmental Impact Technology Assessment Tool for Alternative Driveline Bus Fleets

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      Low emission alternative driveline technologies are of increasing interest for bus fleet operators due to evidence of reduced environmental impact and potential for lower operating costs. However, with uncertainty regarding the total cost of ownership of new technologies and life cycle impacts beyond the typical well-to-wheel boundary, bus operators and manufacturers may not have the necessary specific tools or evidence to evaluate whole life cycle impacts. This paper evaluates the Technology Impact Forecasting methodology as one such technique for assessing whole life cycle impacts in an exploratory assessment environment. The assessment of ten technology scenarios within a life cycle framework has demonstrated that the method is applicable for evaluating contrasting drivetrain technologies and combinations of technology and operational conditions. High levels of uncertainty within the framework have highlighted the need for increased fidelity in the life cycle model and appropriate application of shape functions.
      Original languageEnglish
      StateUnpublished - 2017
      Event12th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems - Dubrovnik, Croatia


      Conference12th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems
      Abbreviated titleSDEWES

        Research areas

      • Technology Impact Forecasting, Life Cycle Modelling, Bus Fleets, Alternative Drivelines, Life Cycle Assessment

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