Evaluation of the Swedish car fleet model using recent applications

The composition of the car fleet with respect to age, fuel consumption and fuel types plays an important role on environmental effects, oil dependency and energy consumption. In Sweden, a number of different policies have been implemented to support CO2 emission reductions. In order to evaluate effects of different policies, a model for the evolution of the Swedish car fleet was developed in 2006. The model has been used in a number of projects since then, and it is now possible to compare forecasts with actual outcomes. Such evidence is relatively rare, and the authors think it may be useful to share their experience in this respect. They give a brief overview of the Swedish car fleet model system. Then they describe policies that have been implemented in recent years and the evolution of the Swedish car fleet. They then focus on two projects which enable comparison with actual outcomes, and analyse the differences between forecasts and outcomes. They find that the model has weaknesses in catching car buyers' preferences of new technology. When this is not challenged too much, the model can forecast reasonably well on an aggregate level. They also find that the model is quite sensitive to assumptions on future supply. This is not so much related to the model, but to its use. Depending on the use of the forecasts - be it car sales, emissions or fuel demand - it may be necessary to use different supply scenarios to get an idea of the robustness of the forecast result.


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  • Accession Number: 01602208
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 2 2016 12:10PM