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Sustainability 2015, 7(7), 8934-8949; doi:10.3390/su7078934

Fuel Consumption and Vehicle Emission Models for Evaluating Environmental Impacts of the ETC System

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Beijing Key Laboratory of Traffic Engineering, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing 100124, China
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Highway Monitoring & Response Center, Ministry of Transport of the P.R.C, Beijing 100088, China
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Academic Editor: Marc A. Rosen
Received: 8 May 2015 / Revised: 23 June 2015 / Accepted: 2 July 2015 / Published: 9 July 2015
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Abstract

The environmental outcome of the Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) system is an important aspect in evaluating the impacts of the ETC system, which is influenced by various factors including the vehicle type, travel speed, traffic volume, and average queue length of Manual Toll Collection (MTC) lanes. The primary objective of this paper is to develop a field data-based practical model for evaluating the effects of ETC system on the fuel efficiency and vehicle emission. First, laboratory experiments of seven types of vehicles under various scenarios for toll collection were conducted based on the Vehicle Emissions Testing System (VETS). The indicator calculation models were then established to estimate the comprehensive benefit of ETC system by comparing the test results of MTC lane and ETC lane. Finally, taking Beijing as a case study, the paper calibrated the model parameters, and estimated the monetization value of environmental benefit of the ETC system in terms of vehicle emissions reduction and fuel consumption decrease. The results shows that the applications of ETC system are expected to save fuel consumption of 4.1 million liters and reduce pollution emissions by 730.89 tons in 2013 in Beijing. View Full-Text
Keywords: Intelligent Transportation System (ITS); Electronic Toll Collection (ETC); benefit assessment; gasoline consumption; vehicle emission; environmental evaluation Intelligent Transportation System (ITS); Electronic Toll Collection (ETC); benefit assessment; gasoline consumption; vehicle emission; environmental evaluation
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Weng, J.; Wang, R.; Wang, M.; Rong, J. Fuel Consumption and Vehicle Emission Models for Evaluating Environmental Impacts of the ETC System. Sustainability 2015, 7, 8934-8949.

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