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Sustainability 2016, 8(1), 27; doi:10.3390/su8010027

“Team Play” between Renewable Energy Sources and Vehicle Fleet to Decrease Air Pollution

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Department of Energy, Politecnico di Milano, Via La Masa 34, Milano 20156, Italy
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Canmet ENERGY Research Centre, Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa, AB K1A 1M1, Canada
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Marc A. Rosen
Received: 12 October 2015 / Revised: 13 December 2015 / Accepted: 23 December 2015 / Published: 29 December 2015
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Abstract

The reduction of air pollutants for the purpose of maintaining or improving air quality across the globe is a fundamental concern to which all modern governments are allocating varying amounts of attention and resources. The successful amelioration of air pollution requires strategic investments in the commercialization and adoption of “clean energy technologies” by both private and public entities, the conversion of contemporary houses to “smart houses”, the diffusion of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) including photovoltaic systems (PV), wind farms, and different forms of bioenergy, and the integration of electric-powered vehicles. In concert with these ideas, this paper aims to discuss the possibility of undertaking a feasibility study in two countries Canada and Italy concerning the integration of electric vehicles (EVs) and electric motorcycles (EMs). The proposed feasibility study would seek to assess the prospect of replacing the current vehicle fleets in these two countries with EVs in a manner that utilizes renewable energy sources and, thus, does not generate new toxic emissions. In conclusion, this study demonstrated that a pronounced introduction and distribution of RES, EVs, and EMs can operate as a great opportunity for both the environment and the capacities and needs of energy production. Today, the EV is not widespread. With this contribution, it is shown how EVs can be well integrated with renewable energy. Therefore, it is the duty of governments to implement policy strategies, in order to spread them across more territory. View Full-Text
Keywords: electric vehicles (EV); renewable energy resources (RES); vehicle fleet; environmental; emissions electric vehicles (EV); renewable energy resources (RES); vehicle fleet; environmental; emissions
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Longo, M.; Yaïci, W.; Zaninelli, D. “Team Play” between Renewable Energy Sources and Vehicle Fleet to Decrease Air Pollution. Sustainability 2016, 8, 27.

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