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Analysis of the Barriers to Widespread Adoption of Electric Vehicles in Shenzhen China

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Research Center for Modern Logistics, Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University, Tsinghua Campus, The University Town, Shenzhen 518055, China
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Research Center for Intelligent Logistics and Transportation, Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute, The University Town, Shenzhen 518055, China
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Academic Editor: Francesco Asdrubali
Sustainability 2017, 9(4), 522; https://doi.org/10.3390/su9040522
Received: 3 December 2016 / Revised: 18 March 2017 / Accepted: 24 March 2017 / Published: 30 March 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Energy Sustainability)
China promoted the large-scale adoption of Electric Vehicles (EVs) in its 13th five-year plan; however, this target faces many obstacles. This paper analyzes the main barriers to widespread adoption of EVs through a survey in Shenzhen, which has the biggest EVs market share out of China’s major cities. Based on previous research, this paper conducted a new study using 406 approved questionnaires among 500 participants. Our study proposed five hypotheses to examine the main barriers to widespread adoption of EVs. The analysis was conducted using statistical method that included two-way frequency tables, chi-square test, and factor analysis. The results indicated that perception of advantages of EVs and access to recharging EVs remained the main barriers in large-scale penetration. Furthermore, our study revealed that a drop in financial incentives would not cause a significant decline in the future adoption of EVs. The study provides suggestions to car manufacturers and government policy advisors based on our analysis and discussion. View Full-Text
Keywords: EVs; PHEVs; penetration; adoption; barriers; preference; willingness; attitude EVs; PHEVs; penetration; adoption; barriers; preference; willingness; attitude
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Wang, F.-P.; Yu, J.-L.; Yang, P.; Miao, L.-X.; Ye, B. Analysis of the Barriers to Widespread Adoption of Electric Vehicles in Shenzhen China. Sustainability 2017, 9, 522.

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