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Can policy measures foster plug-in electric vehicle market diffusion?

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


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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Plötz P, Gnann T, Sprei F. Can policy measures foster plug-in electric vehicle market diffusion? World Electric Vehicle Journal. 2016; 8(4):789-797.

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Plötz, Patrick, Till Gnann, and Frances Sprei. 2016. "Can policy measures foster plug-in electric vehicle market diffusion?" World Electric Vehicle Journal 8, no. 4: 789-797.

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