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

Georgina Santos, Huw Davies

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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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)326-342
    Number of pages17
    JournalTransportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice
    Volume137
    Early online date23 Jan 2019
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020

    Funder

    This study was funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme of the European Commission, under Contract N? IEE/13/761/SI2.675063, 'Incentives for Cleaner Vehicles in Urban Europe (I-CVUE)'. Funding Information: This study was funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme of the European Commission , under Contract N° IEE/13/761/SI2.675063 , 'Incentives for Cleaner Vehicles in Urban Europe (I-CVUE)'. Funding Information: This study was funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme of the European Commission, under Contract N° IEE/13/761/SI2.675063, 'Incentives for Cleaner Vehicles in Urban Europe (I-CVUE)'.

    Keywords

    • Air pollution
    • Charging infrastructure
    • Climate change
    • Electric vehicles
    • Purchase subsidies
    • Tax incentives

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Civil and Structural Engineering
    • Transportation
    • Management Science and Operations Research

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