Investigating barriers for electric vehicle deployment in commercial fleets
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Commercial vehicle fleets constitute for several reasons a favorable entry for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) into the road transport system. During an extensive demonstration project, with 500 PEVs operating in 100 public and private enterprises, 40 battery electric vehicle (BEV) users were invited to focus group discussions. The focus groups allowed the users to discuss their actual experiences of operating BEVs and thereby provide a greater understanding of the operating conditions experienced by BEV users in different organisations. The findings complemented earlier data collected from the demonstration project and further explained the recorded driving and charging behaviour. The conditions to adopt the BEVs vary between the organisations. Given favourable conditions, users adopt and accept the technology. A uncommitted introduction implies an iterated learning process, which effect acceptance and users may deviate. Based on the discussions, this paper identifies organisational barriers, rather than traditional technical or economical barriers, which is of interest since they ultimately determine overall usage and influence user acceptance. The organisational barriers can be addressed by certain assistive measures to ensure an uptake and deployment. The paper contributes with new findings regarding implementation of BEVs in commercial vehicle fleets and provides an in- depth understanding of the operational barriers that public or private enterprises face when introducing BEVs in their vehicle fleets.
Public Administration Studies Energy Engineering
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-173641OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-173641DiVA: diva2:854185
QS 20152015-09-162015-09-162015-09-16Bibliographically approved