Fast chargers rather than electric roads

If we are to shift towards fossil-free vehicle fleet by 2030 we should opt for fast chargers rather than waiting for electric roads. This was revealed in a recent BTH-lead study.

This new unique BTH-lead study has done the most comprehensive comparison of electric roads, and fast charging systems to find which has the greatest potential to reduce the environmental impact of transport and costs over the systems life cycles.

– We should not wait for electric roads. Fast chargers have to begin to scale up to develop the vehicle fleet in time for 2030. Although electric roads or other solutions might win in the long run, we should invest in fast chargers today. This could lead to increased shares in the global market for electric vehicle systems, which are expected to grow rapidly due to increased pressure on the transport sector to drastically decrease environmental impact, according to lead researcher Dr. Henrik Ny at BTH.

The study was conducted by Jesko Schulte as a Master’s thesis at Linnaeus University and supervised by Henrik Ny as part of the research project within the GreenCharge project.

The research group at BTH has recently received funding by the Swedish Energy Agency for a two-year study on decision support for the introduction of electric buses.

In the study, researchers will develop and test a new sustainability-oriented decision support for procurement of public transport with electric buses. The study will take place over 2016-2017.

 

 

28 January 2016