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Shared Use of Electric Autonomous Vehicles: Air Quality and Health Impacts of Future Mobility in the United States

Publication Year: 2021

Author(s): Pan S, Fulton LM, Roy A, Jung J, Choi Y, Gao HO


Emerging mobility advancements, such as vehicle electrification, vehicle automation, and shared mobility, have attracted the interest of both the scientific community and industry. The transportation three revolutions (3Rs) - vehicle electrification, automation, and shared mobility – are developing trends in future mobility. This study performed a comprehensive integrated analysis to investigate the potential future development of passenger transportation in the United States. A technical-economic mobility model, a chemical transport model, and a health impact assessment tool were utilized. This study first adopted several assumptions for vehicle sales under the impact of the 3Rs, and made projections to 2050 for vehicle stocks, distance travel, energy use, and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. This study then quantified the impacts of changing emissions on concentrations of fine particulate matter and associated health benefits. Compared to a projected 2050 business-as-usual case, the wide use of electrification could lead to reductions of ~50% in petroleum consumption and ~75% in CO2 emissions, and obtain health benefits of 5500 prevented premature deaths, corresponding to $58 billion annually. The net energy impacts of automation are highly uncertain, and the improved efficiency from automation might be offset by an increase in travel. Sharing would bring additional benefits. The 3R scenario would dramatically reduce the number of vehicles on city streets by 2050. The combination of the 3Rs could maximize the energy savings, carbon mitigations, and health benefits. The results of this study suggest that policies/incentives are needed to promote the transition from single-occupied conventional vehicles to shared electric vehicles.

Source of Publication: Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews

Vol/Issue: 149, 111380: 1-11p.

DOI No.: 10.1016/j.rser.2021.111380

Country: China

Publisher/Organisation: Elsevier Ltd.

Rights: Elsevier Ltd.


Theme: Sustainable transportation | Subtheme: Shared mobility

Tags: Electric vehicles, Air quality, Automation, Future mobility, Public health

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