Re: WorldTransport Forum Looking for information on alternative vehicle studies
- While there are a number of different studies through the Urban
Transportation Showcase Program in Canada, the one that may be of most
interest here is from Quebec City where they used a number of electric
minibuses in the Old Quebec area. A link to this program is here:
The UTSP site gives some information on the project (as well as others).
There should also be a contact for the staff in Quebec City who could give
you more details on their results.
Grand River Transit
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Sent by: <NewMobilityCafe@yahoogroups.com>,
18/02/2009 06:37 WorldTransport Forum Looking for
AM information on alternative vehicle
Please respond to
On Behalf Of Graff, Robert
Sent: Tuesday, February 17, 2009 3:47 PM
I work for the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Greater Philadelphia,
PA, metropolitan area. Our region is located on the US east coast, about halfway
between New York and Washington, DC. We have about 6 million residents, and are
the 5th or 6th largest region in the US.
I have been asked to manage a small study looking at the "expected challenges and
opportunities for the introduction to our region of alternatives to the current
vehicle mix in order to inform policies that will allow our region to most
effectively facilitate benefit from their introduction."
The project description is copied below.
I would greatly appreciate pointers toward any research or studies that might
Feel free to respond directly to me at rgraff@... or to the list in general.
Thanks in advance.
With best regards,
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
PROJECT: 10-xx-xxx Alternative Vehicles
Responsible Agency: Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
Project Coordinator: Robert Graff
Project Managers: Patricia Elkis
This project will:
- Begin to prepare the region for the advent of a future vehicle mix which is
likely to be more heterogeneous than our current mix, which is largely limited to
enclosed vehicles with four or more wheels using internal combustion engines
- Catalog the expected challenges and opportunities for the introduction to our
region of alternatives to the current vehicle mix in order to inform policies that
will allow our region to most effectively facilitate benefit from their
Many observers expect that we are entering an era when the global supply of fossil
fuel will become increasingly uncertain, with price fluctuations and a long-term
increase in prices. In addition, concerns about levels of carbon dioxide in the
atmosphere are expected to lead to regulation of carbon dioxide emissions. Many
expect the combination of these forces will lead over time to a change in the mix
of propulsion systems for the vehicles that use our road network. Currently, that
mix is dominated by enclosed vehicles with four or more wheels using internal
combustion engines burning gasoline.
This project will review readily available literature and data to seek answers to
several key questions about possible future vehicle mixes, including electric
What are current expectations about the likely types of alternatives to the
fossil-fuel burning internal combustion engine?
What are the salient characteristics of these alternatives? How will they operate
differently on the road network?
What portion of trips currently made by users of our road network will be amenable
to the various alternatives?
What, if any, are the implications for our region for fueling these vehicles
(e.g., charging stations, distribution of alternative liquid fuels)?
What are likely to be the implications for parking systems?
What are the air quality implications for various alternative vehicles?
What are implications for the region’s economy of this emerging sector?
What role is appropriate for DVRPC to play in promoting or preparing the region
for alternative vehicles?
1. Data collection and interpretation, such as:
- Information on the salient characteristics of emerging vehicle types most likely
to be on roads in the DVRPC region in the next decade, including vehicles
currently in use here in limited numbers, vehicles in use elsewhere in the world,
and vehicles being actively prototyped.
- Usage patterns of vehicles in the region today, including trip length, daily
mileage, and household vehicle sharing.
- Information on where cars are currently parked at night and throughout the
course of the day, including basic characteristics of those facilities.
- Other information needed to address the questions outline above.
2. Evaluation of measures and strategies that might be considered for promoting or
preparing the region for alternative vehicles, such as:
- Opportunities and challenges for fleets, including taxis, rental cars, delivery
vehicles, and government fleet.
- Opportunities and challenges for local production of entire vehicles or vehicle
- Implications of measures and strategies for DVRPC activities.
- Implications for county and municipal operations, including zoning and codes.
The scope of this project is primarily limited to reviewing, compiling,
organizing, and summarizing existing studies and information from the DVRPC region
and other regions. If funds permit, limited original research may be undertaken.
1. Report on the opportunities and challenges for our region of the introduction
of alternative vehicles.
Member governments; DVRPC planning professionals; state and federal agencies;
municipal officials; citizens.