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Adopting Strategic Niche Management to Evaluate EV Demonstration Projects in China

School of Management, Shanghai University, 99 Shangda Road, Shanghai 200444, China
School of Economics & Management, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092, China
Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB3 0FS, UK
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Academic Editor: Giuseppe Ioppolo
Sustainability 2016, 8(2), 142;
Received: 16 October 2015 / Revised: 20 January 2016 / Accepted: 28 January 2016 / Published: 2 February 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability)
Electric Vehicles (EVs) are considered to be a potential viable technology to address the persistent unsustainable problems in transport sector. In this paper, we focus on analyzing the transition processes of EVs in China because the sustainability of developing countries is essential for the worldwide sustainability. The two-round demonstration programs of EVs in China were analyzed by adopting the strategic niche management (SNM) approach so as to find out what niche protection has been provided and which obstacles hamper the further development of EVs. The results show that the financial subsidy is the most important protective measure. However, the diffusion results of EVs in different pilot cities are greatly different. The main reason lies in the uneven geographical landscape. In addition, some obstacles were exposed during the niche internal processes including low quality of expectations and poor alignment within the network. Based on the analysis results, we develop a list of suggestions that are important to consider when developing EVs. View Full-Text
Keywords: electric vehicles; strategic niche management; China electric vehicles; strategic niche management; China
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Xue, Y.; You, J.; Liang, X.; Liu, H.-C. Adopting Strategic Niche Management to Evaluate EV Demonstration Projects in China. Sustainability 2016, 8, 142.

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