Title: Sustainability Assessment of Road Transport Technologies
Authors: NTZIACHRISTOS LeonidasDILARA Panagiota
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2012
JRC N°: JRC71001
ISBN: 978-92-79-24997-6 (print)
978-92-79-24998-3 (pdf)
ISSN: 1018-5593 (print)
1831-9424 (online)
Other Identifiers: EUR 25341 EN
OPOCE LB-NA-25341-EN-C (print); LB-NA-25341-EN-N (online)
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC71001
DOI: 10.2788/27818
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: A number of propulsion technologies are assessed in this report regarding their potential to improve the road transport sustainability. These technologies are distinguished into internal combustion, hybrid, and electric vehicle propulsion systems. Each category is further distinguished into more technologies, which are expected to appear in variable degrees as road transport propulsion systems. All technologies have been evaluated following a structured group of criteria. These criteria are assumed to offer a holistic view of the sustainability of each technology. All technologies have been evaluated in an unbiased manner using information from published studies, and engineering assessments where information has not been available. Key technological characteristics for each propulsion system are described. Also, their applicability to different vehicle types (power-two-wheelers, passenger cars, light commercial vehicles, busses, and heavy duty trucks) is assessed based on the cost, space requirements and performance of each technology. Biofuelling possibilities, using first and second generation biofuels, are considered an asset and the potential of each technology is examined.
JRC Directorate:Energy, Transport and Climate

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