Abstract

This study explores suitability of battery electric vehicles in the United States by considering their potential market share and operations costs as well as the state-specific variations in electricity generation profiles, given current government policies and the social acceptability of the technology. A performance assessment is developed to compare each state and identify major policy efforts that are needed to increase the environmental and economic competitiveness of electric vehicles. A novel multi-criteria decision-support framework, integrating Life Cycle Assessment, Data Envelopment Analysis, and Agent Based Modeling, is developed. To this end, the environmental and economic impacts of battery electric vehicles are calculated based on three scenarios: an average electricity generation mix, a marginal electricity generation mix, and a solely renewable energy mix with 100% solar. The states are classified, each requiring different policy strategies, in accordance with their performance scores. The results provide important insights for advancing transportation policies and a novel framework for multi-criteria decision-making in the future analyses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)631-642
Number of pages12
JournalEnergy
Volume121
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 15 2017

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Battery electric vehicles

Keywords

  • Agent based modeling
  • Energy policy
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Multi-criteria decision support
  • Sustainable transportation
  • Transportation policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Energy(all)

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Exploring the suitability of electric vehicles in the United States. / Onat, Nuri C.; Noori, Mehdi; Kucukvar, Murat; Zhao, Yang; Tatari, Omer; Chester, Mikhail.

In: Energy, Vol. 121, 15.02.2017, p. 631-642.

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Onat, NC, Noori, M, Kucukvar, M, Zhao, Y, Tatari, O & Chester, M 2017, 'Exploring the suitability of electric vehicles in the United States', Energy, vol. 121, pp. 631-642. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2017.01.035
Onat, Nuri C. ; Noori, Mehdi ; Kucukvar, Murat ; Zhao, Yang ; Tatari, Omer ; Chester, Mikhail. / Exploring the suitability of electric vehicles in the United States. In: Energy. 2017 ; Vol. 121. pp. 631-642.
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