Understanding user acceptance factors of electric vehicle smart charging

Autor(en)
Christian Will and Alexander Schuller
Zeitschrift
Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies
Jahr
2016
Ausgabe
71
Seiten
198 - 214
Abstract
Abstract Smart charging has been the focus of considerable research efforts but so far there is little notion of users’ acceptance of the concept. This work considers potentially influential factors for the acceptance of smart charging from the literature and tests their viability employing a structural equation model, following the partial least squares approach. For a sample of 237 early electric vehicle adopters from Germany our results show that contributing to grid stability and the integration of renewable energy sources are key motivational factors for acceptance of smart charging. In addition, the individual need for flexibility should not be impaired through charging control. Further well known influential factors like economic incentives do not seem to have a significant impact in the sample group under scrutiny. These and further findings should be taken into account by aggregators when designing attractive business models that incentivize the participation of early adopters and ease market rollout.
Link
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0968090X16301127
DOI
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.trc.2016.07.006
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