Using mobility information to perform a feasibility study and the evaluation of spatio-temporal energy demanded by an electric taxi fleet
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Author/sFraile-Ardanuy, Jesús; Castano-Solis, Sandra; Álvaro-Hermana, Roberto; Merino, Julia; Castillo, Ángela
Spatial-temporal electricity demand
Half of the global population already lives in urban areas, facing to the problem of air pollution mainly caused by the transportation system. The recently worsening of urban air quality has a direct impact on the human health. Replacing today’s internal combustion engine vehicles with electric ones in public fleets could provide a deep impact on the air quality in the cities. In this paper, real mobility information is used as decision support for the taxi fleet manager to promote the adoption of electric taxi cabs in the city of San Francisco, USA. Firstly, mobility characteristics and energy requirements of a single taxi are analyzed. Then, the results are generalized to all vehicles from the taxi fleet. An electrificability rate of the taxi fleet is generated, providing information about the number of current trips that could be performed by electric taxis without modifying the current driver mobility patterns. The analysis results reveal that 75.2% of the current taxis could be ...