eLCAr – E-Mobility Life Cycle Assessment Recommendations

Guidelines supporting the process of assessing the environmental impact of electric vehicles derived from the ILCD Handbook

Problem / Motivation

The European Green Cars Initiative of the European Commission (www.green-cars-initiative.eu) supports the use of renewable and non-polluting energy sources in the mobility sector as one of their main pillars. Focus is put on the electrification of mobility. In order to assess the technological improvements achieved by the projects funded via this initiative consistently and scientifically sound, Life Cycle Assessments according to the ILCD Handbook must be performed. With this background a set of specific operational guidelines derived from the ILCD Handbook addressing the particular needs of the projects of the Green Cars Initiative is needed. Training material is required in order to disseminate the results.

Approach and Project objective

The eLCAr project aims at supporting the process of assessing the environmental impact of electric vehicles. In order to achieve this goal a set of guidelines is derived from the ILCD Handbook and is adapted to the specific requirements of the projects of the Green Cars Initiative. This set of guidelines is benchmarked according to criteria such as applicability, practicability and ease of use and disseminated in an up to date fashion relying on interactive and online training materials. They also provide a coherent benchmark framework enabling an ecological comparison of electric vehicles with other technologies such as bio-fuel propelled cars and hydrogen based mobility.

Project partners

  • NFF: Institute of Machine Tools and Production Technology, www.iwf.tu-bs.de/en
  • Institute for High Voltage Technology, RWTH Aachen, www.ifht.rwth-aachen.de
  • Institute for Environmental Informatics, Hamburg, www.ifu.com/en
  • Life Cycle Assessment and Modelling, EMPA, CH, www.empa.ch/lcam
  • Internal Combustion Engines Laboratory, EMPA, CH, www.empa.ch/plugin/template/empa/142




European Commission


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