The Swedish car movement data project
Conference contribution, 2012

To facilitate a well-informed and efficient transition to electrified vehicles, such as PHEVs, information about individual vehicle’s movements over longer time periods is needed. This is of major importance for optimal battery design, estimation of consumer viability and assessment of the potential for PHEVs to shift energy use in transport sector from fuel to electricity. Good and publicly available data of this kind is today unfortunately lacking. The aim of this project has been to gather a larger amount of data on the characteristics and distribution of individual movements for privately driven cars in Sweden by measurement with GPS equipment. The logging was performed with commercial equipment containing a GPS unit, including a roof-mounted antenna, and a gprs communication unit. Data logged were: time, position, velocity, and number and id of used satellites. The measurement started in June 2010 and ended in September 2012. The target is to accomplish good quality measurements of at least 30 days for about 500 representative vehicles. All data is not yet processed but in this paper initial statistics is offered to present important areas of use and possibilities for future work.

GPS measurement


car movement pattern



Lars-Henrik Kullingsjö

Chalmers, Energy and Environment, Physical Resource Theory

Sten Karlsson

Chalmers, Energy and Environment, Physical Resource Theory

Proceedings to EEVC Brussels, Belgium, November 19-22, 2012

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