Modelling electric vehicles use: a survey on the methods

Nicolò Daina, Aruna Sivakumar, John W. Polak

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In the literature electric vehicle use is modelled using of a variety of approaches in power systems, energy and environmental analyses as well as in travel demand analysis. This paper provides a systematic review of these diverse approaches using a twofold classification of electric vehicle use representation, based on the time scale and on substantive differences in the modelling techniques. For time of day analysis of demand we identify activity-based modelling (ABM) as the most attractive because it provides a framework amenable for integrated cross-sector analyses, required for the emerging integration of the transport and electricity network. However, we find that the current examples of implementation of AMB simulation tools for EV-grid interaction analyses have substantial limitations. Amongst the most critical there is the lack of realism how charging behaviour is represented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)447-460
Number of pages14
JournalRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Issue numberPart 1
Early online date18 Oct 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2017


  • activity based models
  • charging behaviour
  • electric vehicles use
  • alternative fuel vehicles
  • electric car
  • modelling techniques

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