Environmental impact of Converted Electrical Motorcycle

Other literature type English OPEN
Xuan, Pek Yang ; Henz, Martin ; Weigl, Joerg (2013)
  • Publisher: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
  • Journal: World Electric Vehicle Journal (issn: 2032-6653)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.3390/wevj6041136
  • Subject: motorcycle | student project | LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) | emissions | energy

This study explores the environmental impact of the conversion of an internal combustion engine (ICE) sports motorcycle into a converted battery-powered electric vehicle (CBEV). Zero tailpipe emissions might lead to the assumption that such an ICE-to-BEV conversion will always yield net positive environmental benefits in life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy reductions, but energy inputs and materials impacts associated with the conversion of a CBEV are weighed against savings during postconversion usage. It was found that conversion would reduce the life cycle energy consumed and emissions produced of a typical motorcycle by 72% and 45% respectively. These findings have important considerations for the current global transportation landscape.
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