In 1998 the United States Automotive Materials Partnership published the life cycle inventory of a generic US family sedan. Several years later, researchers at the University of Michigan expanded this analysis to consider the dynamic replacement decisions over the vehicle lifetime that would optimize energy and emissions performance of generic family sedan ownership. The present study provides further analysis of this vehicle by examining the life cycle cost profile for generic sedan ownership and determining the optimal replacement intervals for this vehicle based on economics.
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SAE World Congress 2005 Proceedings
Spitzley, D.V., D. Grande, H.C. Kim, and G.A. Keoleian. 2005. Life Cycle Economics and Replacement Optimization for a Generic U.S. Family Sedan. Technical Paper No. 2005-01-1553. SAE World Congress. Detroit, MI (April 11-14).