Electric vehicles: Problems or solutions

  • Piotr Piatkowski Koszalin University of Technology, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
  • Wojciech Puszkiewicz Koszalin University of Technology, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Keywords: urban transport system, electric vehicles, costs, effectiveness


This paper discusses the current directions of vehicle developments, as well as the barriers and opportunities for using electric vehicles instead of conventional vehicles. There is also mentioned a problem of the battery charging system. Compared to refueling gasoline powered vehicles, charging of battery electric vehicles takes considerably more time, which renders a single-purpose charging infrastructure inconvenient. However, an objective of this article is also to investigate the future market prospects of various types of EVs, with the economics of EVs in comparison to conventional cars. Only if the final driving costs can be considerably reduced will EVs gain significant market shares.


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Author Biographies

Piotr Piatkowski, Koszalin University of Technology, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering


Piotr Piątkowski received his M.Sc. degree in Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering and as D.Sc. degree in ICE Designing and Operation from Koszalin University of Technology, in 2000, 2007 and 2014, respectively. Since 2006 he has been a researcher in the Department of Transport at the Koszalin University of Technology, where currently he works as an associated professor. His scientific interests focus on problems concerning transport processes and its efficiency, transport telematics, vehicle’s monitoring and diagnostics. He has participated in 1 international research projects, presenting results of his work at 12 international and 15 national conferences, published more than 70 scientific papers in international and national journals, book chapters, as well as conference proceedings.

Wojciech Puszkiewicz, Koszalin University of Technology, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering


Wojciech Puszkiewicz graduated from the Tank and Car Service Training Centre in Pila and received his M.Sc. degree from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Koszalin University of Technology. He also attended a course for officers at The Military Academy for Land Forces in Wroclaw and completed post-graduate studies at the Higher School of Technology and Economics in Szczecin. Currently, he is a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Pila, an advisor for the carriage of dangerous goods by roads (ADR) and rail (RID), a driving instructor, a vehicle inspector and a lecturer at driver training centres.

How to Cite
Piatkowski, P. and Puszkiewicz, W. (2018) “Electric vehicles: Problems or solutions”, Journal of Mechanical and Energy Engineering, 2(1), pp. 59-66. doi: 10.30464/jmee.2018.2.1.59.
Energy Engineering