Promoting the deployment of electrical vehicles: The role of policy in matching user expectations

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Type: Examensarbete för masterexamen
Master Thesis
Title: Promoting the deployment of electrical vehicles: The role of policy in matching user expectations
Authors: Yu, Hsiao-Hsuan
Abstract: This thesis utilises the qualitative case study (document analysis)to examine how policy could pave the way for electric vehicles while considering user needs. The EV deployment of San Diego (California,US), London (UK), Stockholm (Sweden)and Shanghai (China)were chosen as cases to analyse for their representative features and different policy strategies employed under specific socio-­‐political environments. The four cases were analysed with the policy strategy promoting the deployment of electric vehicles and linked with the user perceptions. The result shows that the policy supporting user adoption of electric vehicle is geographically specified. There exists no universal policy strategy for electric vehicle deployment because of the heterogeneity of political situations, social-economic status, and cultural backgrounds in different countries. However, financial supports and incentives for both vehicle and charging infrastructure, trialability and experience, and the new business models for removing social lock-­ins are the three solid factors to be included in the policy for achieving electromobility in the cities. The content of policy should be specific, meanwhile flexible in order to be able to adjust under the highly dynamic socio-­economic environment in the modern society. Furthermore, some parallel policies or supporting measures for sustainable electricity production could contribute to drawing more concrete interests for procuring a new electric vehicle.
Keywords: Hållbar utveckling;Annan teknik;Sustainable Development;Other Engineering and Technologies
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Chalmers tekniska högskola / Institutionen för energi och miljö
Chalmers University of Technology / Department of Energy and Environment
Series/Report no.: Report - Division of Environmental Systems Analysis, Chalmers University of Technology : 2013:7
Collection:Examensarbeten för masterexamen // Master Theses

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