Title: Limiting CO2 fleet emissions in the automotive industry - a portfolio planning approach

Authors: Christoph Hüls; Christian Thies; Karsten Kieckhäfer; Thomas S. Spengler

Addresses: Institute of Automotive Management and Industrial Production, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Mühlenpfordtstr. 23, 38106 Braunschweig, Germany ' Institute of Automotive Management and Industrial Production, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Mühlenpfordtstr. 23, 38106 Braunschweig, Germany ' Chair of Production and Logistics and Management, FernUniversität in Hagen, 58084 Hagen, Germany ' Institute of Automotive Management and Industrial Production, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Mühlenpfordtstr. 23, 38106 Braunschweig, Germany

Abstract: In this article, a novel portfolio planning approach as a means to limit CO2 fleet emissions in the automotive industry is presented. This research is motivated by several factors challenging product portfolio planning in times of structural changes. Besides ever stricter CO2 legislation, dynamics and uncertainties related to the transformation towards electric mobility need to be considered when deciding on the future range of vehicles to be offered on the market. These portfolio decisions are of particular importance due to long life cycles, long development times and high product-specific investments of vehicle projects. This approach supports the definition of vehicle projects and cycle plans on an aggregation level in line with industry-specific planning requirements and allows for the consideration of temporal dynamics and uncertainties to handle structural changes. To this end, illustrative cycle plans are generated and evaluated based on financial and environmental criteria considering different scenarios of market development.

Keywords: product portfolio planning; product portfolio transformation; alternative powertrains; CO2 fleet emissions; emission reduction; battery electric vehicles; BEVs; fuel cell electric vehicles; FCEVs.

DOI: 10.1504/IJATM.2020.112026

International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, 2020 Vol.20 No.4, pp.349 - 368

Received: 26 Sep 2019
Accepted: 08 Apr 2020

Published online: 18 Dec 2020 *

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