Total cost of ownership (TCO) analysis for a stand-alone solar charging station

Lehrstuhl für Fahrzeugtechnik
Semesterarbeit / Masterarbeit /
theoretisch /  

The potential of electric vehicles in Africa

To face climate change in the mobility sector, electric vehicles (EVs) propose a solution for emission free mobility. In the global North, the transition to electromobility is already progressing, however the global south mainly remains on internal combustion engine vehicles (ICEVs). For communities in rural Sub-Saharan Africa there is a lack of mobility and access to electricity. However, solar energy is overabundant and Sub-Saharan Africa is a perfect location for solutions based on photovoltaic technologies.

Your contribution

Our project proposes decentralized solar charging stations combined with electric vehicles as the main driving force for rural mobility in Africa. As part of the project, we aim to identify the necessary requirements for the successful operation of a solar charging station with an electric vehicle. Therefore, the cost of primary investment and operation of the charging station and electric vehicle needs to be analysed in a total cost of ownership analysis. 

  • Short literature review on business models renewable energy systems in Africa
  • Analysis of stakeholder needs and value chains
  • Modelling of the investment and operation costs to a full TCO model
  • Creation of potential business case with revenue streams

You want to do your thesis in a team of students? That’s how we work. We have weekly meetings, mid-term presentations and team events. You might have the possibility to travel with the team to Ethiopia or South Africa for validating your findings.


If we sparked your interest, send us a mail with your CV, grades and short motivation. You will hear from us!



Verwendete Technologien
TCO, Nachhaltigkeit, Elektromobilität, Batterien, Solarladen, Africa, Afrika, aCar
FTM Studienarbeit, FTM EV System Design, FTM Goetz, FTM Informatik, FTM EV, FTM EV Operations
Möglicher Beginn
Korbinian Götz, M. Sc.
Raum: MW3529
Tel.: +89 289 10497