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Propensity to Choose Electric Vehicles in Cross-Border Alpine Regions

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Institute for Renewable Energy, Eurac Research, Via A.Volta 13/A, 39100 Bolzano, Italy
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Faculty of Economics and Management, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Piazza Università 1, 39100 Bolzano, Italy
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UBM Consulting Bologna, Via Goito 3, 40126 Bologna, Italy
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Academic Editors: Richard Tay, Long T. Truong and Samuel Chng
Sustainability 2021, 13(8), 4583; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084583
Received: 3 March 2021 / Revised: 9 April 2021 / Accepted: 15 April 2021 / Published: 20 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Collection Sustainable Transport Economics, Behaviour and Policy)
Electric vehicles (EVs) are low-carbon innovations that decrease emissions in transportation. Understanding what drives individual propensity to choose EVs supports policymakers in shaping effective low-carbon mobility policies. Within the MOBSTER Interreg project, data were collected using a survey administered to residents in three Alpine cross-border regions—Canton Ticino (Switzerland), South Tyrol (Italy), and Verbano-Cusio-Ossola (Italy)—and were analyzed with a logistic regression. This study reports on the relevant drivers of EV uptake, showing (i) that some sociodemographic attributes positively impact the propensity to choose an EV (e.g., young age and teenage children), (ii) that the presence and visibility of charging infrastructures are important, and (iii) that the role of tourism is not a driver of EV uptake. This study confirms that policies should consider sociodemographics, social practices, and physical infrastructures as playing roles in EV uptake. Future research should address the issue of access to low-carbon innovations for all. View Full-Text
Keywords: electric vehicle; innovation uptake; sociodemographic attribute; charging infrastructure; neighbor effect; social practice electric vehicle; innovation uptake; sociodemographic attribute; charging infrastructure; neighbor effect; social practice
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Tomasi, S.; Zubaryeva, A.; Pizzirani, C.; Dal Col, M.; Balest, J. Propensity to Choose Electric Vehicles in Cross-Border Alpine Regions. Sustainability 2021, 13, 4583. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084583

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Tomasi S, Zubaryeva A, Pizzirani C, Dal Col M, Balest J. Propensity to Choose Electric Vehicles in Cross-Border Alpine Regions. Sustainability. 2021; 13(8):4583. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084583

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Tomasi, Silvia, Alyona Zubaryeva, Cesare Pizzirani, Margherita Dal Col, and Jessica Balest. 2021. "Propensity to Choose Electric Vehicles in Cross-Border Alpine Regions" Sustainability 13, no. 8: 4583. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084583

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