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Title: A Review of Comparative Vehicle Cost Analysis
Other Titles: Comparative Vehicle Cost Analysis
Authors: Roosen, Jorg
Marneffe, Wim
Vereeck, Lode
Issue Date: 2015
Citation: Transport reviews, 35 (6), p. 720-748
Abstract: A meta-analysis of 44 studies that conduct a private, external and/or total social cost comparison among conventional and electric vehicles shows that, independent of the studies’ goals, the results are often misleading. This distortion occurs because of the omission of one or more relevant cost components and/or the impact of divergent and often unspecified assumptions, which is demonstrated through three detailed examples. Although 30 studies compared private costs, one-third only considered purchase and fuel costs and ignored other costs. Charging infrastructure and residual value were only considered in four and eight studies, respectively. Thirty-five authors performed an external cost evaluation, of which 12 were expressed in monetary terms. The majority of the non-monetary studies only consider one external polluting factor, which is generally CO2/GHG, whereas the monetary studies generally evaluate four or more polluting factors. Furthermore, this article drafts a methodological checklist that (1) defines the preferred evaluation methods according to the study goals, (2) includes all private and external costs in the production, acquisition, usage and disposal stages as well as the existing policy measures and (3) lists the general assumptions that should be specified. This checklist enhances consistent comparability among various social cost studies of different vehicle types, and it supports policy-makers in drafting evidence-based transportation policy conclusions.
Notes: Roosen, J (reprint author), Hasselt Univ, Fac Appl Econ, Martelarenlaan 42, BE-3500 Hasselt, Belgium. jorg.roosen@uhasselt.be
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/18931
DOI: 10.1080/01441647.2015.1052113
ISI #: 000363743100004
ISSN: 0144-1647
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2016
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