Systems Perspectives on Electromobility 2014
Edited book, 2014
The transportation of goods and people is at the heart of the industrial society.
Yet transportation relies heavily upon oil – a scarce fossil fuel that contributes to
climate change and local air pollution. The term ’electromobility’ refers to an alternative
transportation system based on vehicles propelled by electricity. Electromobility
is increasingly seen as favourable in that it could circumvent problems related
to both oil and biofuels whilst meeting our mobility needs and desires.
However, the virtue of electromobility is not uncontested and a range of questions
demand an answer: if electric vehicles are energy efficient; if they are safe;
how environmental friendly they are; if metal resource scarcity will limit their use;
to what extent driving patterns shape or are shaped by new types of vehicles; if
electromobility is suitable only for cars and not for heavy vehicles, or vice versa;
and what type of new business models and governmental policy support that is
required to stimulate demand for electric vehicles.
There is not one final answer to questions like these. However, studying electromobility
from different systems perspectives can help to resolve such complex issues.
The sixteen chapters of Systems Perspectives on Electromobility 2014 address
different topics related to the immensely important issue of whether – and to what
extent – our transport systems can and should be energised by electricity.
Systems Perspectives on Electromobility is an evolving ebook with annual
updates. You may also want to read Systems perspectives on Renewable Power
and Systems Perspectives on Biorefineries.