Faculty Advisor

Thompson, Robert W.

Abstract

This report intended to show whether it is possible to replace all gasoline-based vehicles with pure electric vehicles, whose battery characteristics and driving range are based on Nissan Leaf, in the next 25 years. In summary, since United States Energy Information Administration projected that coal-fired power plants will remain the main energy source up to 2035, pure electric vehicles eventually would emit almost three times more CO2 than gasoline-based vehicles based on the assumptions the team made about energy improvements. In other words, putting only pure electric vehicles on the road did not save energy or the environment, unless a significantly better battery technology and cleaner energy resources were used in America.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

2013-04-24

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering

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