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Electric Mobility, Sustainability, Smart Cities, Green Policies and Electric Vehicles Adoption

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Transportation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2021) | Viewed by 16186

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Interests: energy economics; energy policy; transportation research; e-mobility; climate change; econometrics methods
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Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue focuses on the importance of the demand side and aims to analyze and access the general acceptance of this “new” means of transportation and its domestic, personal and professional use. As such, e-mobility can be considered a hot topic as it deals with:the importance of EVs as both a toll and an asset for grid managers;the key role EVs can play in the de-carbonization of the economies;the role EVs play in relation to the possible impact on public transportation policies—with consequences, for example, for fragile socioeconomic areas and the sustainable urban transportation systems, among others. We would also like to emphasize the importance of smart cities, namely, the policy measures concerning both urban logistics and renewable energy sources. Sustainability and self-sufficiency are also important guidelines as they seek to relate the actual and current needs (and also the general perception) about EVs and the recent e-mobility trend by focusing on the need to be less energy dependent. Furthermore, if sustainability is normally dealt with following a reactive perspective—such as the need to reduce greenhouse effects—proactive corporate strategies and public policies are warmly welcome. Technical aspects are also in high demand, as it is important to analyze—e.g., how batteries scientific/mechanic improvements and the components of batteries, or self-charge EVs—hinder or enable EV market diffusion. Furthermore, as the shift to e-mobility needs to be supported by infrastructure, both public and private investment research are welcome that address these subjects. At the individual level, research is in high demand dealing with how consumer’s needs are met in regard to the purchasing of EVs. As such, understanding the beliefs, attitudes, purchasing intentions of potential consumers and how they differ in relation to users of EVs is important, not only to clarify the differences, but also to address the different predictors between them. Moreover, the understanding of this demand side could positively influence how EV-manufacturer decision makers position their products/services in the EV market and how policy makers could influence the rate of EV adoption.

Prof. Dr. Victor Manuel Ferreira Moutinho
Prof. Dr. António Carrizo Moreira
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Keywords

  • sustainability and electric mobility
  • sustainable cities’ mobility and low-emission zones
  • smart cities e-mobility and green policies
  • mobility behaviors
  • electric vehicle adoption

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Extracting Travelers’ Preferences toward Electric Vehicles Using the Theory of Planned Behavior in Lahore, Pakistan
by Muhammad Ashraf Javid, Muhammad Abdullah, Nazam Ali, Syed Arif Hussain Shah, Panuwat Joyklad, Qudeer Hussain and Krisada Chaiyasarn
Sustainability 2022, 14(3), 1909; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14031909 - 08 Feb 2022
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The high use of gasoline and diesel vehicles results in environmental pollution and loss of natural resources. The use of electric vehicles can be socially beneficial and reduce air pollution. In this research study, the main aims are to identify the potential of [...] Read more.
The high use of gasoline and diesel vehicles results in environmental pollution and loss of natural resources. The use of electric vehicles can be socially beneficial and reduce air pollution. In this research study, the main aims are to identify the potential of Electric Vehicles (EVs) in Pakistan using a Stated Preferences (SP) survey. An SP questionnaire was designed using the theoretical framework of the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB). This questionnaire consisted of travelers’ personal and travel characteristics and various statements designed to address the variables of TPB such as Attitudes Towards the Electric Vehicles, Subjective Norms (SN), Perceived Behavioral Control (PBC), and Behavioral Intentions (BI). The behavior items were designed in the context of travelers’ willingness to buy and use EVs. Confirmatory Factor Analyses (CFAs) were conducted to validate the designed hypotheses related to the variables of TPB. The cross-analysis revealed that there are variations in responses across different occupations, trip distances, travel modes, and vehicle ownership. The developed structural models showed that the Attitudes and PBC have a positive influence on BI and PBC, which also have a direct impact on travelers’ willingness to use EV. The SN, PBC, and Attitudes are significant predictors of behavioral intentions in the willingness to buy EV and PBC is not a direct predictor of travelers’ willingness to buy an EV. The BI acts as a mediator to explain the indirect effects of Attitudes, SN, and PBC on willingness to purchase and use an EV. In the end, a framework is also proposed for the behavior-related interventions to promote the EVs considering the socio-economic context of Pakistan. Full article
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Did Electric Vehicle Sales Skyrocket Due to Increased Environmental Awareness While Total Vehicle Sales Declined during COVID-19?
by Theo Lieven and Beatrice Hügler
Sustainability 2021, 13(24), 13839; https://doi.org/10.3390/su132413839 - 15 Dec 2021
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Since the beginning of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has posed a global threat to humankind. In addition to many cases of illness and millions of deaths, the economy has suffered. Not surprisingly, vehicle sales have declined sharply in most countries by up to [...] Read more.
Since the beginning of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has posed a global threat to humankind. In addition to many cases of illness and millions of deaths, the economy has suffered. Not surprisingly, vehicle sales have declined sharply in most countries by up to 25%. However, the overall sales of electric vehicles (EVs) did not stall; instead, they increased to previously forecasted levels. Is this increase evidence that COVID-19 has promoted sustainable action and strengthened environmental awareness, as researchers have discussed in recently published articles? Or is this merely the effect of monetary incentives by governments, as has been demonstrated in scientific research? This study examines the causes behind the surprising continuous climb of EV sales despite the outbreak of the pandemic by contrasting the influence of COVID-19 on environmental concerns and the usual monetary incentives with their potential complementary effects. Full article
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Consumer Motivation by Using Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology towards Electric Vehicles
by Haider Ali Abbasi, Satirenjit Kaur Johl, Zullina Bt Hussain Shaari, Wajiha Moughal, Muhammad Mazhar, Muhammad Ali Musarat, Waqas Rafiq, Asaad Salam Farooqi and Alexey Borovkov
Sustainability 2021, 13(21), 12177; https://doi.org/10.3390/su132112177 - 04 Nov 2021
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The transport sector is the leading source of growing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions globally. To consider environmental degradation aspects due to transport, electric vehicles (EVs) have the prospect to lead road transport to electric mobility from conventional petroleum vehicles. Despite various eco-friendly benefits, [...] Read more.
The transport sector is the leading source of growing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions globally. To consider environmental degradation aspects due to transport, electric vehicles (EVs) have the prospect to lead road transport to electric mobility from conventional petroleum vehicles. Despite various eco-friendly benefits, the EV market penetration ratio is very low, especially in developing countries. The primary reason for low penetration is consumer limited motivation and knowledge about the EVs features. This paper uses a unified theory of acceptance and technology (UTAUT) model to assess consumer motivation and environmental knowledge towards EVs. This research used convenience random sampling to collect data and analyzed the results using the Partial Least Squares (PLS) method on the example of 199 respondents from Malaysia. The study results revealed that factors identified in the motivational context significantly influence consumer intentions to purchase EVs. Perceived environmental knowledge and technophilia have been included in UTAUT from a motivational perspective. Furthermore, a significant relationship between effort expectancy, social influence, technophilia, perceived environmental knowledge, and purchase intention towards electric vehicles has been observed, without performance expectancy. The study findings serve to inform policymakers and automakers to formulate effective marketing strategies to enhance consumer motivation, knowledge, and value creation for EVs in a sustainable era. Ultimately, the policies will help to encourage consumers to buy eco-friendly vehicles that will help reduce transport carbon emissions and attain sustainable development goals (SDGs). Full article
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