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The Influence of Knowledge and Persuasion on the Decision to Adopt or Reject Alternative Fuel Vehicles

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AECOM, 12 Regan Way, Nottingham NG9 6RZ, UK
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Griffith Aviation, School of Engineering and Built Environment, Nathan Campus, Griffith University, Nathan, QLD 4222, Australia
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Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering, Loughborough University, Leicestershire LE11 3TU, UK
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Sustainability 2018, 10(9), 2997; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10092997
Received: 28 June 2018 / Revised: 14 August 2018 / Accepted: 15 August 2018 / Published: 23 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Travel Behaviour and Sustainable Transport of the Future)
Alternative fuel vehicles, such as battery electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, support the imperative to decarbonise the transport sector, but are not yet at a stage in their development where they can successfully compete with conventional fuel vehicles. This paper examines the influence of knowledge and persuasion on the decision to adopt or reject alternative fuel vehicles, a novel and original application of Rogers’ Theory of Diffusion of Innovations. A household questionnaire survey was undertaken with respondents in the Sutton Coldfield suburb of the United Kingdom city of Birmingham. This suburb was previously identified as having a strong spatial cluster of potential early adopters of alternative fuel vehicles. The survey results provide some useful empirical insights around the issues pertaining to the wider adoption of alternative fuel vehicles, even though the data is a bit dated as the survey was conducted in 2013. It is confirmed that respondents have limited knowledge of alternative fuel vehicles and perceptions have led to the development of negative attitudes towards them. The reasons largely relate to three problems: purchase price, limited range and poor infrastructure availability. Most respondents passively rejected alternative fuel vehicles, which confirms that a concerted effort is required to inform the general public about the benefits alternative fuel vehicles. View Full-Text
Keywords: travel behavior analysis; cleaner cars; alternative fuel vehicles; diffusion of innovations; adoption; passive rejection travel behavior analysis; cleaner cars; alternative fuel vehicles; diffusion of innovations; adoption; passive rejection
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Fry, A.; Ryley, T.; Thring, R. The Influence of Knowledge and Persuasion on the Decision to Adopt or Reject Alternative Fuel Vehicles. Sustainability 2018, 10, 2997. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10092997

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Fry A, Ryley T, Thring R. The Influence of Knowledge and Persuasion on the Decision to Adopt or Reject Alternative Fuel Vehicles. Sustainability. 2018; 10(9):2997. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10092997

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Fry, Amy; Ryley, Tim; Thring, Robert. 2018. "The Influence of Knowledge and Persuasion on the Decision to Adopt or Reject Alternative Fuel Vehicles" Sustainability 10, no. 9: 2997. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10092997

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