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Special Session #4: Social, Economic and Societal Impact of Electro-mobility - VPPC 2021
Social, Economic and Societal Impact of Electro-mobility

Chair: Eric Hittinger (Rochester Institute of Technology, USA)
Co-chair: Amandine Lepoutre (Univ. Lille, France)

This special session is organized within the Framework of PANDA, H2020 project #GA Project, #824256

Call For Papers

The transportation sector is the largest contributor to global greenhouse gases (GHG), exceeding even electricity system emissions in most developed countries. The 2016 IEA report on Mobility indicates that rapid adoption of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs, including plug-in hybrids and battery electrics) is essential to limit global warming to 2°C. Political interest in EVs is also growing, with a variety of policies that range from bans on thermal vehicles to mandated PEV sales quotas. Successfully achieving this transition requires more than just technical solutions. A rapid shift towards EVs requires an understanding of vehicle economics and consumer preferences, informed policy support, new infrastructure, and an understanding of how these different elements interact.

This special session is dedicated to the study of social, economic and societal impacts of electro-mobility development. Investigation of these aspects of the electro-mobility transition are a critical complement to technical developments in order to achieve a successful transition towards electrified vehicles.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Analysis of social or political factors in the switch from fossil-fuel vehicle to electrified vehicles
  • Ecological footprint of current or future mobility systems
  • Policy analysis of sustainable mobility plans or policies
  • Economic or behavioral analysis of electro-mobility
  • Societal impacts of electro-mobility


Eric Hittinger Bio: Dr. Eric Hittinger holds a BSE in Polymer Science and Engineering and a MS in Macromolecular Science from Case Western Reserve University and a PhD in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Hittinger holds an appointment as an Associate Professor in Public Policy and is Affiliated Faculty at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability at Rochester Institute of Technology. Professor Hittinger has a background in electricity technology, policy, operation, and economics, with a focus on understanding the benefits and limitations of emerging technologies, including energy storage, electric vehicles, and renewable electricity sources.  Before entering the energy field, he was a Project Management Engineer for the US Army, with extensive travel to support military operations abroad. He is currently managing the TESS (Technical Economical Study of Sustainable campuses based on electro-mobility) project of the CUMIN (Campus of University with Mobility based on Innovation and carbon Neutral) of University of Lille.


Amandine Lepoutre Bio: Dr. Amandine LEPOUTRE has received a PhD degree in History and Philology from École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE) in 2010. After several postdoctoral positions, she is project engineer at L2EP of University of Lille since 2017. She is managing the regional project CE2I (smart and integrated energy conversion system) and the European H2020 project PANDA (Powerful Advanced N-level Digital Architecture of electrified vehicle). Since 2019, she is in charge of the carbon care actions of L2EP, including for the CE2I and PANDA projects, from the estimation of the ecological footprints of the project to the development of specific mitigation actions.


Submission Deadline: 10 May 2021
Acceptance notification: 5 July 2021
Final paper submission deadline: 2 August 2021

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