Quantifying the Economic and Energetic Impacts of Mobility Services

Dr. F. Todd Davidson, Gordon T. Tsai, and Dr. Michael E. Webber, September 2017 (Citation)


This document provides a summary of transportation research that was completed at the University of Texas at Austin from September 2016 through September 2017 under subcontract 4000150102, funded by Oak Ridge National Laboratory. 

The purpose of this project was to develop a framework for quantifying the economic and energetic impacts of mobility services versus personal car ownership. Our hypothesis was that if you include the hidden cost of car ownership then mobility services might be a compelling economic choice for more people than conventional wisdom suggests. These hidden factors include the costs for garaging, parking, and time lost while driving. Subsequently, if mobility services are an affordable option for many consumers, then the use of the services should continue to rise. That growth would cause an unclear outcome associated with fuel consumption and associated emissions.