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Understanding Charging Flexibility of Shared Autonomous Electric Vehicle Fleets
ISSN: 0148-7191, e-ISSN: 2688-3627
To be published on April 14, 2020 by SAE International in United States
The combined anticipated trends of vehicle sharing, autonomous control, and powertrain electrification are poised to disrupt the current paradigm of predominately gasoline vehicles with low levels of utilization. Shared, autonomous, electric vehicle (SAEV) fleets, which encompass all three of these trends, have garnered significant interest among the research community due to the opportunity for low-cost mobility with congestion and emissions reductions. This paper explores the charging loads demanded by SAEV fleets in response to servicing personal light-duty vehicle travel demand in four major United States metropolitan areas: Detroit, Austin, Washington DC, and Miami. A coordinated charging model is introduced which minimizes fleet charging costs and corresponding plant emissions in response to different renewable energy penetration rates and shares of personal trip demand served (between 1% and 25%). The relationship between trip demand by time of day, electricity price by time of day, and SAEV fleet size versus overall charging flexibility is explored for each city. SAEV results are presented across various scenarios assuming fleetwide attempts to minimize charging costs while still constrained by offering adequate mobility service to fleet customers. Key outputs include emissions and costs savings associated with coordinated charging for each scenario.