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Early adopters of electric vehicles in Germany unveiled

Trommer, Stefan and Jarass, Julia and Kolarova, Viktoriya (2015) Early adopters of electric vehicles in Germany unveiled. In: Proceedings of the 28th International Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exhibition. The 28th International Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exhibition, 2015-05-03 - 2015-05-06, Kintex, Korea.

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The socioeconomic characteristics of early adopters of electric vehicles (EVs) differ from those of buyers of conventional vehicles, as do their attitudes towards new technologies, their mobility, and their awareness of ecological issues. They are found to have a higher average income, a higher level of education and more cars at their disposal per household. However, most of the existing studies are based on small samples, or used stated preference surveys which attempted to describe potential purchasers of EVs. Furthermore, when it comes to the kind of EV, most of the studies analyse the adoption of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) only, with just a few looking at the adoption of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). An analysis of representative data collected from more than 3,000 owners of BEVs and PHEVs in Germany partially confirms the findings mentioned, but finds that aspects such as socioeconomic characteristics and their attitudes vary greatly among EV users. First the paper gives an overview of the socioeconomics of EV drivers in Germany, and key facts about their driving and charging behaviour. Subsequently, the main factors motivating people to buy an EV are identified and analysed for owners of BEVs and PHEVs. This is complemented by an analysis of general attitudes of EV owners towards factors such as the image of EVs, environmental awareness and mode choice. To conclude, the willingness to pay for technologies such as fast-charging, inductive charging and battery size selection is analysed.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/96275/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Early adopters of electric vehicles in Germany unveiled
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Date:5 May 2015
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings of the 28th International Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exhibition
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:PHEV, BEV, early adopter, acceptance, electric vehicle, charging infrastructure, battery size, willingness to pay
Event Title:The 28th International Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exhibition
Event Location:Kintex, Korea
Event Type:international Conference
Event Start Date:3 May 2015
Event End Date:6 May 2015
Organizer:Korean Society of Automotive Engineers
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 - Verkehrsentwicklung und Umwelt II (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Transport Research > Passenger Transport
Institute of Transport Research > Mobility and Urban Development
Deposited By: Trommer, Stefan
Deposited On:18 May 2015 18:25
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 20:01

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