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How do cities support electric vehicles and what difference does it make?

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Oliver Heidrich, Dr Graeme Hill, Dr Myriam Neaimeh, Dr Yvonne Chase, Professor Phil BlytheORCiD, Professor Richard DawsonORCiD



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© 2017. Many cities publish climate change mitigation strategies and other policy measures to support the wide spread uptake of Electric Vehicles (EVs). This paper investigates the effectiveness of these strategies and the provision of infrastructures in 30 UK cities, with a specific emphasis on those strategies that are within the remit of cities and local authorities. The climate mitigation strategies and supporting documents were obtained from 30 UK cities recommended by the Urban Audit Methodology. We show that 13 cities mention EVs in their strategies. Analysing EV registrations and the EV infrastructures that is provided by cities we found that there is no statistical difference in the number of charging points or EVs between the cities that have EVs as part of their climate change mitigation strategy and those that do not. It was shown that EV uptake was more generally associated with other factors (such as local vehicle population or income) rather than any documented EV/climate mitigation strategy. We demonstrate that local strategies are failing in achieving the much needed step change and make suggestions how to improve EV uptake as an even more radical thinking and policies may become necessary to achieve carbon reduction targets.

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Author(s): Heidrich O, Hill GA, Neaimeh M, Huebner Y, Blythe PT, Dawson RJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Technological Forecasting and Social Change

Year: 2017

Volume: 123

Pages: 17-23

Print publication date: 01/10/2017

Online publication date: 09/06/2017

Acceptance date: 19/05/2017

Date deposited: 28/09/2017

ISSN (print): 0040-1625

ISSN (electronic): 1873-5509

Publisher: Elsevier Inc.


DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2017.05.026


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