Faculty Advisor

Thompson, Robert W.


This study analyzed financial changes, emission reduction and social impacts in California 2040 if all automobiles on the roads are electric (EVs), which consist of pure electric vehicles (PEVs) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs). The current picture of California was researched, including population, number of automobiles and their tailpipe emission, as well as electricity generation and consumption.Results showed that electricity consumption of electric vehicles will only be 0.13% of the predicted total consumption statewide. Also, California should build several power plants to ensure enough electricity statewide, but specific numbers and types of power plants will be determined by various factors. EVs are overall cheaper, require less maintenance and provide flexibility in fueling.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2014

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering

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