RCN member Dr. Kara Kockelman has contributed various papers to the Transportation Research Board 2016 on Shared Autonomous Electric Vehicles (SAEVs).
There are natural synergies between shared autonomous vehicle (AV) fleets and electric vehicle (EV) technology, since fleets of AVs resolve the practical limitations of today’s non-autonomous EVs, including traveler range anxiety, access to charging infrastructure, and charging time management. Fleet-managed AVs relieve such concerns, managing range and charging activities based on real-time trip demand and established charging-station locations.
The first paper demonstrates this by exploring the management of a fleet of shared autonomous (battery-only) electric vehicles (SAEVs) in a regional discrete-time, agent-based model. The simulation examines the operation of SAEVs under various vehicle range and charging infrastructure scenarios.
Operations Of A Shared, Autonomous, Electric Vehicle Fleet: Implications Of Vehicle & Charging Infrastructure Decisions
The second paper models the market potential of a fleet of shared, autonomous, electric vehicles (SAEVs). When SAEVs make their debut in cities, these vehicles will not exist in a vacuum. SAEVs will be competing against existing modes (private owned vehicles, transit, and non-motorized modes) for trip share. In this paper, the mode share of SAEVs is modeled and predicted to lie between 14 and 39%, when competing against privately-owned, manually-driven vehicles and city bus service.
Management of a shared, autonomous, electric vehicle fleet: implications of pricing schemes