During the fall of 2018, and the spring 2019, the Vehicle analysis theme is being reworked and broadened as a preparation for an intended coming new phase of the centre. The new scope carries the provisional title “Electromobility in Society”. As before, the theme will focus on analyses of electric and hybrid vehicles based on outside-the-vehicle system perspectives, such as user adoption of electromobility, but also extend further to include life cycle thinking and onsets of circular economy.
Current thematic activities include analysis of what factors make electric and hybrid power trains attractive for different types of vehicles and how the powertrains should be designed to maximize the value-to-cost ratio. Changes in driving forces for electric and hybrid power trains are tracked, to understand which direction the development is taking. However, in the coming period, the intention is that vehicle concepts and infrastructure analyses will be harbored within the other thematic areas, however with close cross-thematic links to the work in this theme.