Sustainable Engineering

EVD4EUR - Environmental assessment of the future development of electric vehicles in Europe

The transport sector is currently responsible for almost a quarter of global energy consumption and the associated carbon emissions, and the trend will continue to rise over the next few decades. This development and the goals for containing climate change promote the shift towards electric road traffic. Electromobility is also seen as a way to reduce harmful air pollution in cities.

The project aims to assess the ecological effects of a widespread roll-out of electric vehicles in Europe. Another goal is to examine which external circumstances can promote the development in the short, medium and long term. A full life-cycle view is crucial to assessing the ecological effects of the growing share of electric vehicles and to enable a fair and consistent comparison between electronic and conventional drive systems.

The NTNU uses an integrated hybrid LCA model, while the Chair of Sustainable Engineering examines relevant aspects of resource availability.

Project-related publications:
R. Arendt, M. Muhl, V. Bach, M. Finkbeiner (2020): Criticality Assessment of Abiotic Resource Use for Europe– Application of the SCARCE Method,
Resources Policy 67: 101650,

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) - Industrial Ecology Program
Trondheim, Norway

Duration 2016-2019

Dr.-Ing. Vanessa Bach

Room Z 107
Phone +49 (0) 30 314-27941
Fax +49 (0) 30 314-21720
E-mail: vanessa.bach(at)

Dipl.-Ing. Marco Muhl
Room Z 206
Phone +49 (0) 30 314-23509
Fax +49 (0) 30 314-21720
E-mail: marco.muhl(at)