40. Transition from Petro-Mobility to Electro-Mobility

  1. Prof. Detlef Stolten2,3 and
  2. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Viktor Scherer4
  1. David L. Greene,
  2. Changzheng Liu and
  3. Sangsoo Park

Published Online: 21 JUN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9783527673872.ch40

Transition to Renewable Energy Systems

Transition to Renewable Energy Systems

How to Cite

Greene, D. L., Liu, C. and Park, S. (2013) Transition from Petro-Mobility to Electro-Mobility, in Transition to Renewable Energy Systems (eds D. Stolten and V. Scherer), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527673872.ch40

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, IEF-3: Fuel Cells, Leo-Brandt-Straße, IEF-3: Fuel Cells, 52425 Jülich, Germany

  2. 3

    Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, IEK-3 Institut für En. & Klimaforschung, Wilhelm-Johnen-Str., 52428 Jülich, Germany

  3. 4

    Ruhr-Universität Bochum LS f. Energieanlagen, IB 3/126 Universitätsstr. 150 LS f. Energieanlagen, IB 3/126 44780 Bochum Germany

Author Information

  1. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Center for Transportation Analysis, 2360 Cherahala Blvd, Knoxville, Tennessee 37932, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 JUN 2013
  2. Published Print: 28 MAY 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527332397

Online ISBN: 9783527673872



  • electro-mobility;
  • electric drive;
  • petro-mobility;
  • energy transition;
  • sustainable transport


In first half of the twentieth century, the world's transportation systems made a transition from animal power, biomass, and coal to petroleum. Today, transportation remains 95% dependent on petroleum fuels. The world's transportation system has grown to such an extent that it is now large with respect to the energy resources that it uses and its impacts on the global environment. Sustainability of the transportation system appears to require a transition from petroleum and other carbon-based energy resources to nearly zero-emission renewable energy. Unlike past energy transitions, the transition to an electric transportation system will be driven not by market forces but by a common desire to achieve public goods: environmental protection and energy sustainability. This poses new and difficult challenges for governments, businesses, and individuals.