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World Electric Vehicle Journal is published by MDPI from Volume 9 issue 1 (2018). Articles in this Issue were published by The World Electric Vehicle Association (WEVA) and its member the European Association for e-Mobility (AVERE), the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), and the Electric Vehicle Association of Asia Pacific (EVAAP). They are hosted by MDPI on mdpi.com as a courtesy and upon agreement with AVERE.
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Can policy measures foster plug-in electric vehicle market diffusion?

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Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation research ISI, Breslauer Strasse 48, 76139 Karlsruhe, Germany
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Chalmers University of Technology, Energy and Environment, 412 96 Göteborg, Sweden
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World Electr. Veh. J. 2016, 8(4), 789-797; https://doi.org/10.3390/wevj8040789
Published: 30 December 2016
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Abstract

Plug-in Electric vehicles (PEV), both as battery electric vehicles (BEV) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) have noteworthy potential to reduce global and local emissions. Governments around the world have implemented monetary and non-monetary policy measures to foster PEV market diffusion. However, empirical estimates of their effectiveness are scarce. Here, we analyse data on PEV sales from Europe and the US with the policy measures active in these countries, e.g., direct subsidies, tax rebates, and public charging infrastructure. The aim of the present paper is to contribute empirical evidence to the discussion of policy aided market evolution of electric vehicles. We find income, gasoline prices and both direct and indirect subsidies to positively influence PEV adoption.
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Plötz, P.; Gnann, T.; Sprei, F. Can policy measures foster plug-in electric vehicle market diffusion? World Electr. Veh. J. 2016, 8, 789-797.

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