This project explores the environmental implications of transport electrification using ecosystem service and natural capital approaches.

Climate change and air quality agendas are rarely addressed together in the transport domain. Widespread adoption of electric vehicles will require significant changes to electricity systems and the manufacture, use and disposal of vehicles.

Together with the Energy, Environment and Landscapes activity we are assessing the environmental, health and economic costs and benefits of road transport electrification over time and space. The analysis is using GIS tools to support decision making, developing and quantifying energy and transport scenarios, and performing environmental LCA and economic valuations.

Using ‘real world’ emissions testing data we are also developing indices of the health costs from air pollution from thousands of vehicle makes and models on a ‘vehicle lifetime’ basis.