Electric Vehicles - a well to wheel analysis

Aoife Foley, Beatrice Smyth, Jerry Murphy, Brian O Gallachoir

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The European Union has set a target for 10% renewable energy in transport by 2020, which will be met using both biofuels and electric vehicles. In the case of biofuels, for the purposes of meeting the target, the biofuel must achieve greenhouse gas savings of 35% relative to the fossil fuel replaced. For biofuels, greenhouse gas savings can be calculated using life cycle analysis, or the European Union default values. In contrast, all electricity used in transport is considered to be the same, regardless of the source or the type of electric vehicle. However, the choice of the electric vehicle and electricity source will have a major impact on the greenhouse gas savings. This paper examines different electric-vehicle scenarios in terms of greenhouse gas savings, using a well-to-wheel life cycle analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2011
EventIrish Transport Research Network (ITRN2011) - University College Cork, Cork , Ireland
Duration: 30 Aug 2011 → …


ConferenceIrish Transport Research Network (ITRN2011)
Period30/08/2011 → …


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