THE FUTURE THINKS ELECTRIC Developing an electric mobility value chain as a foundation for a new energy paradigm

Fournier, Guy; Stinson, Matthew
January 2011
Interdisciplinary Management Research;2011, Vol. 7, p867
Academic Journal
Traditional mobility faces the inevitability of oil shortages in the future, which, combined with the negative economic and environmental effects of fossil fuelbased mobility, will force humanity to rethink the way it moves. In this paper, the authors analyze the current state of mobility in terms of resource availability, as well as environmental and economic effects, in order to initially ascertain the urgency of change. Having determined that fossil fuel-based mobility is unsustainable in all three categories, several of today's leading alternative approaches to mobility are evaluated based on efficiency in terms of well-to-wheel energy utilization and CO2 emissions. Additionally, properties specific and/or unique to each of the alternative mobility approaches are taken into account. The authors reach the conclusion that electric mobility is currently the best alternative to oil-based mobility, but only under specific circumstances; namely, through the integration and harmonization of electricity generation, IT and electric mobility. The integration of the three branches is presented as a new energy paradigm whose potential synergies could allow for the realization of environmental and economic benefits.


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