Future transport: An e-mobility case study
Reducing mobility-related emissions has been on the agenda in European countries for decades. One of the key challenges is finding viable alternatives to fossil fuels. As citizens and policy makers look for alternatives to diesel and petrol cars, electric vehicle (EV) technology is often seen as part of the solution. However, existing charging infrastructure is dampening the growth due to fuel range anxiety and charging point congestion.
In the Sweco Urban Insights report "E-magine a journey through Europe – energy infrastructure for sustainable mobility," experts on electrical mobility (e-mobility) perform a fictional case study based on real data. Is it possible to travel across Europe in an electric car today? In this article, we will briefly explore some of the issues and conclusions identified in the report.
Background: Crossing Europe in an electric vehicle
The case study was conducted to examine the feasibility of travelling long distances today in an electric vehicle. While the road trip is fictional, it is based on data from several different journeys. A family of four starts out in London and travels through Germany, Denmark, Norway and Sweden before reaching its final destination in Warsaw, Poland.
Throughout the trip, the family makes both positive and negative discoveries. For example, planning for the journey required a disproportionate amount of research. There were also obstacles along the way, such as a lack of rapid charging infrastructure and problems finding the right plugs.
On the other hand, the family also discovered that some cities offer solutions aimed at making life easier for electric vehicle drivers.