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Sustainable Mobility (Sustainable Mobility: Current and Future Developments)

Module EI80004

This Module is offered by Chair of Renewable and Sustainable Energy Systems (Prof. Hamacher).

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Module version of WS 2018/9 (current)

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.

available module versions
WS 2018/9WS 2017/8

Basic Information

EI80004 is a semester module in German or English language at Master’s level which is offered every semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Catalogue of non-physics elective courses
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 45 h 5 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


The lecture will cover the relevant questions concerning "sustainability" and "mobility" and methods to assess the sustainability of mobility systems.
- term sustainability: definition of sustainability
- tools for sustainability: (i) environmental life cycle analysis, (ii) life cycle cost analysis, (iii) social life cycle analysis and, (iv) socio-economic Input-Output Analysis.
- sustainability deficits of existing mobility: oil based system, geo-politics, CO2-emissions, particulate emissions, noise, ...
- new mobility concepts beyond technology: car sharing, inter modal transport
- electric vehicles and smart grid: current situation and challenges for sustainability.
- autonomous driving: current situation and challenges for sustainability
- other alternative fuels: current situation and challenges for sustainability

Learning Outcome

After completing of the course, the student is able to:
- understand the term of sustainability
- understand the challenge that mobility represents to sustainability
- conduct a Life Cycle Analysis of different mobility options and assess the environmental impact (greenhouse gases, as well as other impacts) associated to different mobility systems from a life cycle approach
- conduct a Life Cycle Cost Analysis of different mobility options
- understand the socio-economic impacts of different systems using the macro-economic Input-Output Analysis.


Fundamentals about:
- energy systems
- renewable energies

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

Case studies will be provided to the students, who will solve them using the methods learnt during the lectures
The exercises will be solved by the students during the session. The students will be encouraged to participate in the discussions

Language of instruction, English in Winter Semester and German in Summer Semester.


Lectures, presentations, blackboard and exercises.


Life cycle assessment student handbook
Hrsg./Bearb.: Curran, Mary Ann
Place of Publication, Publisher, Year of Publication: Hoboken, John Wiley & Sons Inc., 2015
Umfangsangabe: XI, 299 Seiten
ISBN: 978-1-119-08354-2

Life Cycle Assessment: Quantitative approaches for decisions that matter. Available at:

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

The module exam consists of a 90-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.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

Current exam dates

Currently TUMonline lists the following exam dates. In addition to the general information above please refer to the current information given during the course.

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