Ph.D. position on Vehicle Routing
Ecole des Mines de Nantes (France) and Universidad de los Andes have an funded Ph.D. studentship leading to a dual degree.
The Electric Vehicle Routing Problem
In a world where petroleum becomes a scarce resource and environmental issues become a day to day concern of both companies and the general population, electric vehicles emerge as one of the most exciting new technologies in the world’s effort to reshape the way transportation systems operate. Indeed, the Environment Round Table initiative of the French government gives to the development of electric and hybrid vehicles a central role, and makes it a top priority, in France’s strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve its energy efficiency.
The use of electric vehicles raises new and challenging engineering problems. For instance, battery lifespan is highly sensitive to factors such as: travel speed, route profile (e.g., steep vs. flat terrain), driving mode (e.g., aggressive vs. calm driving), utilization context (e.g., load, cold compartments, headlights, AC. Etc.). As a result, battery autonomy may be very limited. To overcome these limitations, batteries may be recharged at some intermediary point of a journey (e.g. at lunch time), if one is willing to make some detours to reach a charging station. This new context generates a set of novel constraints that should be taken into account when planning transportation routes that are to be performed by electric vehicles.