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Journal of Applied Mathematics
Volume 2014, Article ID 483734, 11 pages
Research Article

An Iterative Algorithm for the Management of an Electric Car-Rental Service

1Instituto Universitario de Matemática Pura y Aplicada, Universitat Politècnica de València, 46022 València, Spain
2Instituto Universitario de Matemática Multidisciplinar, Universitat Politècnica de València, 46022 València, Spain
3Departamento de Matemática Aplicada, Universitat Politècnica de València, 46022 València, Spain

Received 21 February 2014; Accepted 24 April 2014; Published 25 May 2014

Academic Editor: Juan R. Torregrosa

Copyright © 2014 J. Alberto Conejero et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The management of a car-rental service becomes more complex as long as one-way bookings between different depots are accepted. These bookings can increase the operational costs due to the necessity of moving vehicles from one depot to another by the company staff in order to attend previously accepted bookings. We present an iterative model based on flows on networks for the acceptance of bookings by a car-rental service that permits one-way reservations. Our model lets us also recover the movement of the fleet of vehicles between the depots over the time. In addition, it also permits including restrictions on the amount of cars managed at every single depot. These results can be of interest for an electric car-rental service that operates at different depots within a city or region.