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Factors Affecting Electric Vehicle Uptake: Insights from a Descriptive Analysis in Australia

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School of Built Environment, Queensland University of Technology, 2 George Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000, Australia
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School of Information Systems, Queensland University of Technology, 2 George Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000, Australia
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Urban Sci. 2020, 4(4), 57; https://doi.org/10.3390/urbansci4040057
Received: 14 October 2020 / Revised: 30 October 2020 / Accepted: 3 November 2020 / Published: 4 November 2020
Transport activities are among the major contributors of greenhouse gas emissions and the resulting global climate crisis. Despite some efforts in shifting from internal combustion engines to electric motors, the global market share of electric vehicles (EVs) is very low—about 1%. This figure even goes as low as 0.4% for some developed countries—e.g., Australia. There is a growing, but still limited, number of studies investigating the key factors affecting the uptake of EVs. Additionally, there is no regional analysis in late-moving countries, which would provide knowledge for a better understanding why some countries are falling behind in the EV market. This paper focuses on Australia as a late mover in the EV market and generates insights into a regional analysis of key factors affecting the uptake of EVs. The unit of analysis for this study is determined as the states and territories of Australia. The methodologic approach of the study includes a descriptive analysis of publicly accessible fast and slow charging stations in Australia, the distribution of renewable energy, as well as electric vehicle sales in Australia, along with further factors relating to differences in income and education and subsidies for EVs from the government. The findings of the study reveal that (a) EV uptake conditions is an emerging research topic; (b) renewable energy, EV subsidies, charging stations, income, and education do generally favor EV sales in Australia; (c) the Australian Capital Territory has the highest readiness level among all the Australian states and territories; and (d) future research should be conducted on a local government level to capture the local readiness levels accurately. The study findings inform policymakers, car manufacturers, the energy sector, and scholars on the critical success factors for the uptake of EVs in Australia. View Full-Text
Keywords: electric vehicle; electric vehicle adoption; electric vehicle up take; charging stations; renewable electricity energy sources; greenhouse gas emissions; climate change; sustainable development; sustainable urban development; Australia electric vehicle; electric vehicle adoption; electric vehicle up take; charging stations; renewable electricity energy sources; greenhouse gas emissions; climate change; sustainable development; sustainable urban development; Australia
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Foley, B.; Degirmenci, K.; Yigitcanlar, T. Factors Affecting Electric Vehicle Uptake: Insights from a Descriptive Analysis in Australia. Urban Sci. 2020, 4, 57. https://doi.org/10.3390/urbansci4040057

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Foley B, Degirmenci K, Yigitcanlar T. Factors Affecting Electric Vehicle Uptake: Insights from a Descriptive Analysis in Australia. Urban Science. 2020; 4(4):57. https://doi.org/10.3390/urbansci4040057

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Foley, Bethany, Kenan Degirmenci, and Tan Yigitcanlar. 2020. "Factors Affecting Electric Vehicle Uptake: Insights from a Descriptive Analysis in Australia" Urban Science 4, no. 4: 57. https://doi.org/10.3390/urbansci4040057

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