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Incentives for quick penetration of electric vehicles in five European countries: perceptions from experts and stakeholders

Santos, Georgina and Davies, Huw 2019. Incentives for quick penetration of electric vehicles in five European countries: perceptions from experts and stakeholders. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice 10.1016/j.tra.2018.10.034
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Abstract

On the basis of 143 responses from experts and stakeholders from Germany, Austria, Spain, the Netherlands and the UK, we assess the perceived impact of a range of incentives for the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs). We find that the incentive that most respondents consider to have a positive impact is the development of charging infrastructure, with 75% stating so. This is followed by purchase subsidies, to narrow the difference in price of an EV and that of an internal combustion engine vehicle, with 68% of respondents stating that they have a strong or at least a partial positive impact. Pilot/trial/demonstrations of EVs, to expose potential buyers to EVs, are also perceived to have a positive effect, with 66% of respondents stating so. Tax incentives, which like purchase subsidies, narrow the gap between the total operating cost of an EV and that of a conventional vehicle, are also perceived to have a positive impact by 65% of respondents. Other incentives that are perceived to have a positive influence include climate change and air quality policies, consumer information schemes and differential taxation applied to various fuels and energy vectors.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0965-8564
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 19 February 2019
Date of Acceptance: 23 October 2018
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 09:01
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/119704

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