Sustainability, an open access journal by MDPI, will publish a special issue entitled Transportation Decarbonization: Advanced Vehicle Technologies and Their Social, Economic, and Environmental Impacts. Guest editors for this issue will be Shiqi Ou (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Xin He (Aramco Service Company), and Xu Hao (University of Science and Technology Beijing)
By the end of 2020, more than 110 countries have committed to a net-zero carbon emissions goal to realize the Paris Agreement commitment that limits global warming below 1.5 °C compared to pre-industrial levels by mid-century. The transportation sector, especially the on-road vehicle sector, has been one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gas emissions. Thus, achieving far-reaching decarbonization targets will require vast investment in advanced vehicle technologies, a transition in policy orientation, and structural adjustments in industrial strategies. Different countries have explored a variety of powertrain pathways including electrification, hydrogen fuel-cells, and internal combustion engines using zero-carbon fuels. These pathways are paving the way for a revolutionary transition from the current petroleum-based transportation system to a more sustainable and decarbonized transportation system. The transition to a decarbonized transportation system brings both challenges and opportunities to advanced vehicle technologies (e.g., battery materials, connected autonomous vehicles), new transportation mode choices (e.g., shared mobility), and the supply chains of natural resources.
For this Special Issue we seek manuscripts focused on leading research on advanced technologies, industrial strategies and policies for deep decarbonization, and their social and environmental impacts from the vehicle industry. Studies should be quantitative and focus on transportation decarbonization. The deadline for manuscript submittal is March 31, 2022
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