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Electric Vehicles and Psychology

Dipartimento d’Ingegneria, University of Palermo, 90128 Palermo, Italy
Sustainability 2021, 13(2), 719; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13020719
Received: 4 December 2020 / Revised: 5 January 2021 / Accepted: 8 January 2021 / Published: 13 January 2021
The popularity of electric vehicles is evidenced by the broad range of manufacturers presenting new models of plug-in hybrid and battery vehicles. However, the success of the revolution or, rather, the rebirth of electric vehicles, is hanging by a thread, as it lacks the involvement of a large number of users, and many psychological mechanisms hinder it. What are users’ true feelings about this new world of vehicles? Are people ready for the fifth level of automation, i.e., fully automatic driving and the absence of the driving position? The purpose of this paper is to present and discuss the psychological aspects that influence the adoption of electric vehicles. Topics such as the chicken and egg paradox (electric vehicles and charging stations) and performance anxiety (regarding, e.g., range) are addressed. This review is characterized by contradictions and irony. View Full-Text
Keywords: electric vehicles; range anxiety; chicken and egg paradox; battery; public perception; key motivators and barriers electric vehicles; range anxiety; chicken and egg paradox; battery; public perception; key motivators and barriers
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