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Sustainability 2016, 8(12), 1343; doi:10.3390/su8121343

Consumer-Oriented Policy towards Diffusion of Electric Vehicles: City-Level Evidence from China

School of Economics, UCAS, 80 Zhongguancun East Road of Haidian District, Beijing 100190, China
China EV100, 17F Tower A, TusPark Haidian District, Beijing 100084, China
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Academic Editor: Yongrok Choi
Received: 27 September 2016 / Revised: 14 December 2016 / Accepted: 15 December 2016 / Published: 20 December 2016
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Public policy is crucial for the diffusion of green innovation, and debates exist about the effects of different policies. This paper explores appropriate types of policy instruments by explaining the quick rise in sales of electric vehicles (EVs) in China. Based on a three-year longitudinal dataset across 88 cities, the study shows that consumer-oriented policies are able to significantly promote EV diffusion. Consumer-oriented policies target consumers to facilitate their usage of cars and lower the lifecycle cost, and typical examples include electricity charging and traffic management. This paper contributes to the literature of clean technology policy in two ways. Firstly, it reveals and empirically tests the importance of consumer-oriented policy instruments for the deployment of green innovation. Secondly, it is one of very few scholarly works offering a detailed review of city-level policies in China’s EV industry, which will be useful for scholars who are also interested in similar topics. View Full-Text
Keywords: electric vehicle; China; policy instrument; innovation diffusion; pilot city electric vehicle; China; policy instrument; innovation diffusion; pilot city
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Zhang, G.; Xu, Y.; Zhang, J. Consumer-Oriented Policy towards Diffusion of Electric Vehicles: City-Level Evidence from China. Sustainability 2016, 8, 1343.

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