Power requirements and environmental impact of a pedelec. A case study based on real-life applications

Carmelina Abagnale, Massimo Cardone, Paolo Iodice, Salvatore Strano, Mario Terzo, Giovanni Vorraro

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This paper describes the methodologies to appraise the power requests and environmental analysis of an electrically assisted bicycle under real driving conditions, also containing regulations and technical-science-related aspects. For this purpose, in this study, the on-road test program of an electrically assisted bicycle was executed in the urban area of Naples on different test tracks, so a general assessment about its driving behavior under several driving conditions was performed. The power requirements in different typical riding situations were estimated by a procedure based on the experimental kinematic parameters that characterize the driving dynamics collected during the real-life applications. An environmental analysis was also performed, with a methodology that takes into account the environmental assessment of a moped by measuring the experimental moped exhaust emissions of the regulated pollutants. Starting from the results acquired during the different test samples, besides, an assessment of the electric traction offered by this pedelec on the driving comfort was evaluated for different riding situations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalEnvironmental Impact Assessment Review
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2015


  • Environmental analysis
  • Experimental kinematic parameters
  • Moped exhaust emissions
  • On-road test program
  • Pedelec

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Ecology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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