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Electric Car Purchase Price as a Factor Determining Consumers’ Choice and their Views on Incentives in Europe

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European Commission, Joint Research Centre, 21027 Ispra, Italy
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Centre for Sustainable Communities, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield AL10 9NE, UK
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School of Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy, University College Dublin, D14 E099 Dublin, Ireland
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RAND Europe, Cambridge CB4 1YG, UK
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Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK
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Sustainability 2019, 11(22), 6357; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11226357
Received: 15 October 2019 / Revised: 30 October 2019 / Accepted: 8 November 2019 / Published: 12 November 2019
The deployment of zero-emission vehicles has the potential to drastically reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from road transport. The purpose of this study is to provide evidence on, and quantify the factors that influence, the European market for electric and fuel cell car technologies. The paper reports the results of a stated preference survey among 1,248 car owners in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom. The variables that influence powertrain choice are quantified in a nested multinomial logit model. We find that the electric car purchase price continues to be a major deterrent to sales in the surveyed countries. The majority of the respondents considered government incentives as fundamental or important for considering an electric car purchase. Because of the differences in the socio-economic characteristics of consumers in each country, the effectiveness of government incentives may vary across Europe. View Full-Text
Keywords: electric cars; stated preference; discrete choice; purchase incentives; cross-national survey electric cars; stated preference; discrete choice; purchase incentives; cross-national survey
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Gómez Vilchez, J.J.; Smyth, A.; Kelleher, L.; Lu, H.; Rohr, C.; Harrison, G.; Thiel, C. Electric Car Purchase Price as a Factor Determining Consumers’ Choice and their Views on Incentives in Europe. Sustainability 2019, 11, 6357. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11226357

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Gómez Vilchez JJ, Smyth A, Kelleher L, Lu H, Rohr C, Harrison G, Thiel C. Electric Car Purchase Price as a Factor Determining Consumers’ Choice and their Views on Incentives in Europe. Sustainability. 2019; 11(22):6357. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11226357

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Gómez Vilchez, Jonatan J.; Smyth, Austin; Kelleher, Luke; Lu, Hui; Rohr, Charlene; Harrison, Gillian; Thiel, Christian. 2019. "Electric Car Purchase Price as a Factor Determining Consumers’ Choice and their Views on Incentives in Europe" Sustainability 11, no. 22: 6357. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11226357

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