A bibliometric analysis of end-of-life vehicles related research: exploring a path to environmental sustainability

Zhang Yu, Syed Abdul Rehman Khan*, Hafiz Muhammad Zia-ul-haq, Muhammad Tanveer, Muhammad Jawad Sajid, Shehzad Ahmed

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Considering rapid economic development and continuously increasing environmental concerns, end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) have significant socioeconomic value as a crucial waste stream. The research relating to ELVs has rapidly evolved over the last few years. However, existing review studies focus on specific research themes, and thus, fail to present a complete picture. Hence, this research intends to explain the current research scenario relating to ELVs by reviewing the critical published studies of the last 22 years. A total of 1405 research publications were extracted from the Scopus database covering the period from 2000 to 2021. Mainly employing bibliometric analysis techniques, this research analyzes the quantity of literature, researchers, institutions, countries, and research themes to understand the current status and future trends in ELV recycling and management. The results revealed a considerable rise in the number of articles published in the last five years. The key producers of influential ELV research are listed as the United States, China, and the United Kingdom. Globally, Chinese universities have the most ELV-related articles published. Similarly, Serbian researcher Vladimir Simic authored the most ELV-related articles during the research period. This article also identifies various research themes: management and recycling, resource recovery and components, life cycle evaluation, and socioeconomic effects. The results also reveal a strong association between distinct ELV research clusters.
Original languageEnglish
Article number8484
Number of pages21
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jul 2022


  • end-of-life vehicles
  • recycling
  • waste management
  • waste recovery
  • lifecycle assessment


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