Research Projects


Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Analysis for SFU Fleet Electrification (PICS Living Lab scholar project)

To reduce vehicle emissions and improve air quality, Kamaria Kuling investigates the benefits and challenges of replacing SFU’s operational vehicle fleet with low or zero emission vehicles such as electric vehicles (EVs), hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCVs).

Kuling will perform life cycle assessments (LCA) on SFU’s operational vehicle fleet to compare the challenges and potential trade-offs of electrification.

Project summary:

  • This project will investigate the opportunities and challenges associated with the electrification of SFU’s operational fleet vehicles.
  • Life cycle assessments (LCA) on the SFU operational vehicle fleet will be completed and compared with the challenges and potential trade-offs of electrification.
  • The Fleet LCA tool, developed by Ahmadi (former SFU postdoc) and Kjeang (SFU faculty) and supported by PICS, will be used to analyze the energy and resources required for the new EVs and disposal of used batters at the end of the vehicle life and can also determine emissions from both the existing and future vehicle options.
  • The vehicle options will include electric vehicles (EVs), hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) that offer low or zero emission.

The Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Analysis for SFU Fleet Electrification is a PICS Living Lab scholar project.

Research Team

  • Kamaria Kuling, MASc student, School of Sustainable Energy Engineering
  • Taco Niet, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, School of Sustainable Energy Engineering
  • David Agosti, Director, Parking and Sustainable Mobility
Kamaria Kuling

Project Updates

June 2021

Since beginning her research, Kamaria has identified gaps in data collection and is procuring new tracking technology to mitigate this lack of data. Once enough data is gathered, she will highlight areas of high emissions reduction for lower cost, possibilities for quick emissions reductions, and long-term emissions reduction pathways. Once the scenarios have been refined to include more information on the usage needs of the fleet, she will summarize the findings and produce a set of recommendations for SFU to support fleet decarbonization.

Figure 1: Kamaria Kuling with an electric vehicle charger