Evaluation of penetration of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and CO 2 emissions considering utilization patterns and power generation mix

Satoshi Nakaue, Hiromi Yamamoto, Kenji Yamaji, Masaaki Takagi, Atsuki Hashimoto, Ryoji Hiwatari, Kunihiko Okano, Tomohiko Ikeya

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A Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) is a kind of hybrid electric vehicles, which can be charged from the electric grid and can provide several ten kilometers of all-electric driving range. Due to recent introduction of hybrid electric vehicles and development of advanced batteries such as the lithium-ion battery, PHEV is expected as a good candidate to reduce oil consumption and CO2 emission in Japan. The purpose of this study is to analysis the economic advantage and ecological effects of PHEV in Japan considering utilization patterns and electricity supply mixture. The results are as follows: (1) Considering the utilization patterns of passenger vehicles in Japan, PHEV with 35 kilometers of all-electric driving range could reduce oil consumption by 58 % compared with HEV. (2) When the total of vehicle cost and discounted fuel cost is minimized, the PHEV will become widespread after 2010, and it will account for 80% of all passenger vehicle market after 2030. (3)In the case of (2), it will reduce CO2 emission by about 57 million t-CO2 in 2050 compared with that of all gasoline vehicles in 2050.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-258
Number of pages10
JournalNihon Enerugi Gakkaishi/Journal of the Japan Institute of Energy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Mar


  • Co emission
  • Electricity supply mixture
  • Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle
  • Utilization pattern

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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