How Green are Electric or Hydrogen-Powered Cars?

Assessing GHG Emissions of Traffic in Spain

  • Jesús Montoya Sánchez de Pablo
  • María Miravalles López
  • Antoine Bret

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Energy book series (BRIEFSENERGY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Jesús Montoya Sánchez de Pablo, María Miravalles López, Antoine Bret
    Pages 1-5
  3. Jesús Montoya Sánchez de Pablo, María Miravalles López, Antoine Bret
    Pages 7-12
  4. Jesús Montoya Sánchez de Pablo, María Miravalles López, Antoine Bret
    Pages 13-54
  5. Jesús Montoya Sánchez de Pablo, María Miravalles López, Antoine Bret
    Pages 55-70
  6. Jesús Montoya Sánchez de Pablo, María Miravalles López, Antoine Bret
    Pages 71-74
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 75-82

About this book

Introduction

Have you ever wondered by how much CO2 emissions can be reduced by running cars electrically or with hydrogen as fuel? This Brief provides a quantitative answer to this question using the example of the combined road traffic in Spain. The authors calculate the resulting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the production of hydrogen gas or the required electricity and installing and maintaining the necessary infrastructure. In this way, they can compare with the GHG emissions in the present situation of oil fueled cars. Using different scenarios, they obtain an assessment how much ‘greener’ the electric or hydrogen cars can get.
The method described in this Brief is scalable and readily adaptable to other countries. It can thus be used for investigating sensible approaches and developing recommendations for a conversion. As expected, the results depend strongly on the production scenarios for hydrogen or electricity production. The wrong choice can even result in increased GHG emissions. A proper choice of the roadmap toward a more sustainable and greener future is of greatest importance – the results described in this Brief can serve as a valuable and useful guide on our way.

Keywords

Climate change impact of traffic Reducing CO2 emissions from cars Transportation energy efficiency Hydrogen fuel for car traffic Batteries technology Green traffic Electric car Car traffic greenhouse gas emissions Water electrolysis

Authors and affiliations

  • Jesús Montoya Sánchez de Pablo
    • 1
  • María Miravalles López
    • 2
  • Antoine Bret
    • 3
  1. 1.Universidad Castilla La ManchaCiudad RealSpain
  2. 2.Universidad Castilla La ManchaCiudad RealSpain
  3. 3.ETSI IndustrialesUniversidad Castilla La ManchaCiudad RealSpain

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-32434-0
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Energy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-32433-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-32434-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-5520
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-5539
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