Distribution of Potential Benefits across Stakeholder Groups for Shared Electric Vehicles Serving Multi-University Commute Travel

Project ID: CTEDD 022-07

Author(s): Shams Tanvir, California Polytechnic State University

Co-Author(s): Randall Guensler, Georgia Institute of Technology; Sharareh (Sherri) Kermanshachi, University of Texas at Arlington; Jay Rosenberger, University of Texas at Arlington; Anurag Pande, California Polytechnic State University; Roya Etminanighasrodashti, University of Texas at Arlington; Greg Hladik, University of Texas at Arlington

CTEDD Funding Year: 2022 General RFP

Project Status: In Progress

Transit, shared mobility, and vehicle electrification serve as major enablers of transportation decarbonization. Several shared mobility have been offered in the US and abroad, with a major focus on implementation on university campuses and at airports. However, combined offerings of shared and electric vehicles providing on-demand service rather than route-based service are still forthcoming.

In this proposed project, we will assess the greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction potential and potential equity impacts of the deployment of shared electric vehicles servicing student, faculty, and staff commute travel to and from three university campuses), REDACTED assess the distribution of accessibility benefits across these cohorts and across demographic groups within these cohorts, and characterize the policy implications of widespread implementation of such university transportation systems. This research project will

  1. identify the potential users and use cases of shared electric vehicles serving university commute travel;
  2. estimate the potential for GHG reduction and other benefits for different technology deployment and policy scenarios;
  3. assess the distributional differences of the estimated benefits across stakeholder groups; and
  4. recommend measures to remove barriers to adoption of shared electric vehicles and increase equitable shared electric fleet programs.

In this project, the three teams will conduct a survey of potential users of shared and electric fleet. To this end, all three campuses will utilize the large scale transportation survey data to obtain sociodemographic and travel behavior characteristics of the students, staff, and faculty. To characterize energy use and emissions from the existing transportation system and the system after the anticipated shift in commute activity to shared-use vehicles will be conducted using MOVES-Matrix and the Georgia Tech Fuel and Emissions Calculator (FEC). The team will assess how these costs and benefits are distributed across the student, faculty, and staff user groups by income, race, and other demographic factors. The results of this project can be used in long-range planning for shared electric programs in complex, multi-stakeholder institutional environments.