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Title: Methodology for Calculating Cost-per-Mile for Current and Future Vehicle Powertrain Technologies, with Projections to 2024: Preprint.
Author: Ruth, M.; Timbario, T. A.; Timbario, T. J.; Laffen, M.
Pages/Volumes: 26 pp.
Publication Year: 2011
Notes: Presented at the SAE 2011 World Congress, 12-14 April 2011, Detroit, Michigan
Document Type: Conference Paper
NTIS/GPO Number: 1011268
Subject Code Description: Systems Engineering and Program Integration
Abstract: Currently, several cost-per-mile calculators exist that can provide estimates of acquisition and operating costs for consumers and fleets. However, these calculators are limited in their ability to determine the difference in cost per mile for consumer versus fleet ownership, to calculate the costs beyond one ownership period, to show the sensitivity of the cost per mile to the annual vehicle miles traveled (VMT), and to estimate future increases in operating and ownership costs. Oftentimes, these tools apply a constant percentage increase over the time period of vehicle operation, or in some cases, no increase in direct costs at all over time. A more accurate cost-per-mile calculator has been developed that allows the user to analyze these costs for both consumers and fleets. The calculator was developed to allow simultaneous comparisons of conventional light-duty internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, mild and full hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), and fuel cell vehicles (FCVs). This paper is a summary of the development by the authors of a more accurate cost-per-mile calculator that allows the user to analyze vehicle acquisition and operating costs for both consumer and fleets. Cost-per-mile results are reported for consumer-operated vehicles travelling 15,000 miles per year and for fleets travelling 25,000 miles per year.
Accession Number: 49231
Library Notes: NPL-1104 REV
Report Numbers: CP-6A10-49231

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