Energy consumption of passenger land transport modes

Pérez Martínez, Pedro and Sorba, Iván A. (2010). Energy consumption of passenger land transport modes. "Energy & Environment", v. 21 (n. 6); pp. 577-600. ISSN 0958-305X.


Title: Energy consumption of passenger land transport modes
  • Pérez Martínez, Pedro
  • Sorba, Iván A.
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Energy & Environment
Date: October 2010
ISSN: 0958-305X
Volume: 21
Freetext Keywords: Consumption equation, energy efficiency, equivalent seat, Spain
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Caminos, Canales y Puertos (UPM)
Department: Ingeniería Civil: Transportes [hasta 2014]
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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This paper shows how the methodologies used in current practice might lead to an underestimation of energy consumption by different passenger transport modes, and also offers recommendations for improvements to these methodologies. The first recommendation is related to energy consumption rates. The studies reviewed use traditional energy consumption rates based on transportation demand, such as kilowatts-hour per vehicle-kilometre or kilowatts-hour per passenger-kilometre, and include other rates based on transportation supply which might prove useful. Second, energy consumption rates are dependent on factors, and the introduction of homogeneous units which are independent of these factors therefore offers a significant improvement when comparing transport modes. Third, the use of a vehicle energy consumption equation will improve the quality of the assessments. Fourth, we propose that the coefficients which define the energy consumption equation should be broken down to determine market niches and sources for improvements in energy consumption in the vehicle categories.

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Item ID: 22491
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DOI: 10.1260/0958-305X.21.6.577
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Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 26 Feb 2014 15:16
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2014 11:31
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