Sustainable Mobility

Module Number: EI80004

Duration: 1 Semester

Occurence: Winter Semester

Language: English

Number of ECTS: 5


Professor in charge: Thomas Hamacher

Amount of work

Contact hours: 45

Self-study hours: 105

Total: 105

Description of Achievement and Assessment Methods

The module exam consists of a 60-minute written exam, in which the students work on short word problems and multiple-choice questions on the different aspects of sustainability - especially with regard to the mobility sector. In addition, simple calculation tasks are used to check the mastery of the acquired procedures based on examples. In addition, students will use a case study to carry out the Life Cycle analysis using basic mathematical calculations. Word problems examine the understanding of the methods and the proper interpretation of results. The exam is graded and no other documents are allowed.

(Recommended) Prerequisites

Fundamentals about: - energy systems - renewable energies

Learning outcome

After completing of the course, the student will be able to - describe the various terms of sustainability and be able to assess the different approaches critically - know different methods to assess central sustainability indicators like life cycle costs and CO2-emissions -knows the method of life cycle assessment and is capable to apply it to simple cases - know various procedures which can turn the mobility sector into a sustainable system and is able to apply these terms and methods to the field of mobility


The lecture will cover the relevant questions concerning "sustainability" and "mobility".

-term sustainability: definition of sustainability; Social, ecological and economic sustainability

- production of electric cars: critical resources (electric motor, fuel cell, battery), cumulated energy demand; comparison of different traction systems

-decommissioning of cars: waste management (regulations), recycling strategies

- sustainability deficits of existing mobility: oil based system, geo-politics, CO2-emissions, particulate emissions, noise, ... -

- sustainability of electric vehicles: power system and integration of electric mobility in the power system

- development of the necessary infrastructure: conventional technologies (oil, natural gas, ...), infrastructure for electric vehicles (fast charging, battery swopping, ...) new norms and concepts

- electric mobility and smart grid: the new technology paradigm of the 21st century

- autonomous driving

- new mobility concepts beyond technology: car sharing, inter modal transport

Teaching and Learning Methods

Lecture: the teaching content are presented by computer aided presentations and write-ups at the black board, a combination of both is especially used for more complex relations. Possibility of discussion is given durch the lectures. The central messages of each lecture will be summarised at the end of the lecture.

Exercise: The exercises will be issued a week before the exercise, so that students have the chance to do the calcutlations first themselves. In the exercise lesson the results will be presented to the students. Reading-Assignments complement the lecture.


Lecture, presentation, black board