Abstract: The electrification of mobility is seen as one of the most promising strategy for reducing dependence on fossil fuels, as well as for bringing down greenhouse gas and other emissions from the transport sector. Electric vehicles are of special interest in urban areas, since they can significantly reduce local air pollution. Currently, urban areas host about 50% of the global population and generate 70% of global greenhouse gases. In addition, electric mobility has the potential to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions if electricity used in cars is produced from renewable energy sources.
To accelerate the acceptance and use of electric vehicles many governments have provided a broad portfolio of supporting policy instruments and measures. Due to this, as well as significant improvement of battery performances and their cost reduction, the number of electric vehicles has been continuously increasing over the last decade.
However, an important question is what will be the impact of the current COVID-19 crisis on overall future mobility demand, on the choice of transport modes and automotive technologies.
Biography: Amela Ajanovic is Assistant Professor at TU Wien. She is a lecture and faculty member of the postgraduate MSc Program “Renewable Energy Systems”. She holds a master degree in electrical engineering and a PhD in energy economics at TU Wien. Her main research interests are alternative fuels and alternative automotive technologies as well as sustainable energy system and long-term energy scenarios. She has been guest researcher at the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) in Amsterdam and at the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris, as well as a guest lecturer at the Technical University of Prague. She has been involved in many national and international research projects, and has published more than 30 papers in peer- reviewed international journals.
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