Special Issue "Electrification for The Automotive Sector Towards Sustainable Mobility"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Transportation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Francesco Paolo Deflorio
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Guest Editor
DIATI, Politecnico di Torino, Torino, 10129, Italy
Interests: traffic modeling; control and simulation; mobility analysis; safety and energy evaluation for road transport; electric vehicles simulation on road networks; intelligent transport system
Prof. Paolo Guglielmi
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Guest Editor
DENERG, Politecnico di Torino, Torino, 10129, Italy
Interests: power electronics for wireless power transfer; high-performance drives; computer aided design of electrical machines
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Dr. Miriam Pirra
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Guest Editor
DIATI, Politecnico di Torino, Torino, 10129, Italy
Interests: users’ perception; machine learning; urban mobility; smart mobility

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Electric vehicles (EVs) are one of the current trends in mobility and in the automotive sector. The increasing number of vehicles models entering the market in recent years has revealed that all car manufacturers, including those who were initially more sceptical, have started facing the electrification challenge. EVs can play a relevant role in the transition to a more sustainable road transport system and represent an interesting opportunity for cities to reduce local emissions. Academia and industry are asked to work together to achieve innovative solutions, including appealing charging infrastructures, producing affordable technologies for vehicles, and evolving business models to enhance the role of EVs for mobility needs and long-range trips. In this transition phase, studying and understanding EV users’ experiences and the habits of traditional car users can help stakeholders to orient their policy actions related to EVs and develop their diffusion. Public authorities play a key role as decision-makers in the charging side of the game, cooperating with electric providers, whereas car manufacturers work more on the innovation of vehicles and batteries performance to extend their range.

This Special Issue aims at collecting studies based on present and future perspectives of electric mobility for sustainability, inviting original contributions from different viewpoints, including those of researchers and professional communities. The topics of interest of this Special Issue include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Studies on users’ expectations regarding EVs and charging facilities;
  • Electric charging solutions and their impacts on user mobility and vehicle performance;
  • Innovative electric charging technologies (e.g., static and dynamic wireless power transfer charging solutions);
  • Models and simulation tools to support policy makers in the development of electric charging infrastructures for road transport;
  • Analysis on the role of EVs in pollutants emission and their reduction;
  • Life cycle analysis of EVs and sustainability goals considering large-scale adoptions.

Prof. Francesco Paolo Deflorio
Prof. Paolo Guglielmi
Dr. Miriam Pirra
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Electric mobility
  • Charging infrastructure
  • Users’ perception
  • Mobility modelling
  • Environmental impacts

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User Automotive Powertrain-Type Choice Model and Analysis Using Neural Networks
Sustainability 2021, 13(2), 585; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13020585 - 09 Jan 2021
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This paper presents an artificial neural network (ANN) model that simulates user’s choice of electric or internal combustion engine automotive vehicles based on basic vehicle attributes (purchase price, range, operating cost, taxes due to emissions, time to refuel/recharge and vehicle price depreciation), with [...] Read more.
This paper presents an artificial neural network (ANN) model that simulates user’s choice of electric or internal combustion engine automotive vehicles based on basic vehicle attributes (purchase price, range, operating cost, taxes due to emissions, time to refuel/recharge and vehicle price depreciation), with the objective of analyzing user behavior and creating a model that can be used to support policymaking. The ANN was trained using stated preference data from a survey carried out in six European countries, taking into account petrol, diesel and battery electric automotive vehicle attributes. Model results show that the electric vehicle parameters (especially purchase cost, range and recharge times), as well as the purchase cost of internal combustion engine vehicles, have the most influence on consumers’ vehicle choices. A graphical interface was created for the model, to make it easier to understand the interactions between different attributes and their impacts on consumer choices and thus help policy decisions. Full article
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Socio-Economic and Environmental Analyses of Sustainable Public Transport in the Philippines
Sustainability 2020, 12(11), 4720; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114720 - 09 Jun 2020
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Electric vehicles are regarded as energy transition technology towards more sustainable and environment-friendly transportation systems. Despite the benefits of reducing the dependence on fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions, the adoption of electric vehicles faces several obstacles ranging from financing issues, government policies, [...] Read more.
Electric vehicles are regarded as energy transition technology towards more sustainable and environment-friendly transportation systems. Despite the benefits of reducing the dependence on fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions, the adoption of electric vehicles faces several obstacles ranging from financing issues, government policies, and public acceptance. This study aims to identify the economic, environmental, and social impact of the adoption of electric vehicles for public transportation. Using the Philippines as a case study, the findings highlight the economic advantage of investing in electric public transportation with high public acceptance. The results further identify significant decrease in air pollution, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and encourage lowering the reliance on imported fossil fuels by shifting the public transport from conventional to electric transport system. This study recommends stricter implementation of government policies on modernized public transportation, stronger government support on financing mechanisms, establishment of charging stations in public and private terminals, and boosting programs for developing local-made electric vehicles. To make electric vehicle more environment-friendly, the government must accelerate the energy transition by increasing the electricity share from renewable sources and investing in more sustainable sources of energy. Full article
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Potential Early Adopters of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles in Spain—Towards a Customer Profile
Sustainability 2020, 12(11), 4345; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114345 - 26 May 2020
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The adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) by consumers is regarded as a key strategic goal for the reduction in transport-related air pollution levels. Although sales of EVs continue to rise year on year, generally, the attainment of the strategic goals set by various [...] Read more.
The adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) by consumers is regarded as a key strategic goal for the reduction in transport-related air pollution levels. Although sales of EVs continue to rise year on year, generally, the attainment of the strategic goals set by various governments for the adoption of EVs remains a distant target. The purpose of this study is to identify the customer profile of early adopters of EVs in Spain: one of Europe’s largest economies, yet the country with the lowest uptake of EVs at present. The analysis presented here is based on an online survey of 404 potential consumers of EVs in Spain. A cluster analysis of the data was performed based on a set of three socio-demographic characteristics (gender, age, and income), one psychographic (green moral obligation—GMO) and two EV attributes (price and driving range). The results of this analysis showed that there exist two segments with respect to higher or lower customer intentions related to the adoption of EVs. These findings represent a theoretical contribution to current understanding of the customer profile of adopters of EVs and will contribute to the development of communication and retail strategies aimed at customers fitting the profile of early adopters of new technologies. Full article
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