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Renewable fuels in commercial transportation: Identification of early adopter, user acceptance, and policy implications

Frenzel, Ina and Anderson, John E. and Lischke, Andreas and Eisenmann, Christine (2021) Renewable fuels in commercial transportation: Identification of early adopter, user acceptance, and policy implications. Case Studies on Transport Policy. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.cstp.2021.06.010. ISSN 2213-624X.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cstp.2021.06.010

Abstract

Renewable fuels (drop-in replacement fuels made from renewable electricity) are one option to reduce environmental impacts in transportation. To support the use of renewable fuels, this study identifies early adopters in commercial transportation. We also examine requirements for user acceptance. Finally, we present policy recommendations to increase user acceptance of these fuels. To answer these research questions, we utilize three group discussions with commercial fleet operators of companies operating in urban areas as well as national and international transportation. By discussing on acceptance-building measures, barriers as well as their perception of branches comparatively most appropriate to renewable fuels’ characteristics. The empirical results show that long-distance trucking is the most likely early adopter of renewable fuels. Within long-distance trucking, large logistics and transportation firms in particular are identified as most suitable. Small and medium sized firms, however, are not seen as early adopters. This is due the numerous technical options they have (e.g., renewable fuels, electric vehicles), price uncertainty of renewable fuels, and volatile political decisions regarding vehicles. In our analysis we further identify three acceptance objects: aspects of practical use of renewable fuels (e.g., vehicle technology readiness levels and knowledge), secondary effects of renewable fuel production (e.g., upstream environmental burdens), and the relationship of renewable fuels to electric vehicles. Finally, we provide policy recommendations to support of renewable fuels. First, potential users require reliable and detailed information about planned government actions. In addition, there is a need for long-term funding for these new technologies. In particular, use-case specific (e.g., long-distance trucking) funding is important. Finally, consideration of and information about secondary effects (e.g., upstream environmental burdens) are crucial for user acceptance.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/142956/
Document Type:Article
Title:Renewable fuels in commercial transportation: Identification of early adopter, user acceptance, and policy implications
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Frenzel, InaDLRUNSPECIFIED
Anderson, John E.UNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-7615-7926
Lischke, AndreasUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Eisenmann, ChristineUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:2021
Journal or Publication Title:Case Studies on Transport Policy
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI:10.1016/j.cstp.2021.06.010
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:2213-624X
Status:Published
Keywords:renewable fuels synthetic fuels commercial transportation user acceptance policy implications
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Transport
HGF - Program Themes:Transport System
DLR - Research area:Transport
DLR - Program:V VS - Verkehrssystem
DLR - Research theme (Project):V - Energie und Verkehr
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Transport Research > Commercial Transport
Institute of Transport Research > Passenger Transport
Deposited By: Anderson, John Erik
Deposited On:24 Aug 2021 18:11
Last Modified:24 Aug 2021 18:11

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