Renewable energy needed to drive uptake of electric vehicles

Renewable energy needed to drive uptake of electric vehicles
Dr Kenan Degirmenci's study finds renewable energy is the most important factor for electric vehicle consumers.

Plugging into renewable energy sources outweighs the cost and short driving ranges for consumers intending to buy electric vehicles, according to a new study.

QUT Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Kenan Degirmenci, from QUT Business School, said environmental performance—or being green—was more important than price or range confidence for electric vehicle consumers.

"High purchase costs and short driving ranges have been considered to be the main factors which impede people's decision to buy ," he said.

"Since electricity needs to be produced from renewable energy sources for electric vehicles to be a true green alternative, the environmental performance has also been presumed to be a factor."

In a newly published study titled Consumer purchase intentions for electric vehicles: Is green more important than price and range? Dr Degirmenci found was in fact an even stronger predictor of purchase intention over price and range confidence.

The study involved interviews with 40 consumers and a survey with 167 people who participated in test drives with plug-in battery electric vehicles in Germany.

"We found the majority of participants placed great emphasis on the need for electricity for electric vehicles to be produced from renewable energy sources in order for them to be a true alternative," he said.

Dr Degirmenci said when considering greenhouse gas emissions it was important to acknowledge the difference between on-road emissions only taking into account the fuel used, and well-to-wheel emissions including all emissions related to fuel production, processing, distribution and use.

"For example, a petrol-driven vehicle produces 119g CO2-e/km, of which most are on-road emissions. In comparison, an electric vehicle produces zero on-road emissions," he said.

"However, if electricity is generated from coal to charge an electric it produces 139g CO2-e/km well-to-wheel emissions, compared with only 9g CO2-e/km well-to-wheel emissions with electricity from renewable energy sources."

Dr Degirmenci said the results of the study were relevant to Australia because the transport sector accounted for 16 per cent of the country's greenhouse gas emissions and 85 per cent of these were generated by road transport.

"In this regard, a transition from conventional combustion vehicles to electric vehicles has the potential to reduce Australia's substantially, if that is produced from ," Dr Degirmenci said.


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More information: Kenan Degirmenci et al. Consumer purchase intentions for electric vehicles: Is green more important than price and range?, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment (2017). DOI: 10.1016/j.trd.2017.01.001
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Apr 11, 2017
We produce electricity in the daytime, and turn the meter backwards. At night we take it out for household use and EV charging.

It works out that what we produce covers what we use. Some will argue we are not using clean energy for the EV, but I contend we are, and just "storing " it in the grid.

We replace power when it is most expensive and polluting with our clean PV.

Society wins, and we win, too.

Again, we produce the same amount of kWh that we use in a year.

I say we are clean.

Apr 11, 2017
We produce electricity in the daytime, and turn the meter backwards...
If it were possible to convert gskam's fibs into electricity, all energetic problems would already be solved.

Apr 11, 2017

Willie, are you so far out of it you do not understand my situation is not special?

What is special is the fact it is not just practical but financially beneficial, as well.

Apr 11, 2017
We produce electricity in the daytime, and turn the meter backwards...
If it were possible to convert gskam's fibs into electricity, all energetic problems would already be solved.

You would be amazed @WillieWard what a single 300 Watt panel will do to your electric bill. Day after day, over and over that little 300W adds up. If you want proof, put a 100W light in your basement and leave it turned on for a month. You will see it in your bill. That is for certain.


Apr 12, 2017
You would be amazed ... what a single 300 Watt panel will do to your electric bill. Day after day, over and over that little 300W adds up. If you want proof, put a 100W light in your basement and leave it turned on for a month. You will see it in your bill. That is for certain.
Someday Greenpeace maybe will use a little bit of this amazing solar technological technology to save some marine diesel to generate electricity for their ships. But true environmentalists would prefer carbon-free nuclear power to power their ships instead of windmills and solar panels backed up by marine diesel. Oops! Greenpeace not even use windmills and solar panels to power their ships and motorboats across the oceans, they rely exclusively on marine diesel. LOL

Apr 21, 2017
True environmentalists stay well away from things nuclear, stuff you have not yet learned to control.

And we use true renewable power from the sun to get our energy.

Where do you get yours?

Apr 21, 2017
True environmentalists...
A true environmentalist follows the Science.
"reasons we should support nuclear power":
"It's the only proven pathway to decarbonisation: Many countries have tried to replace the fossil fuel portion of their grids with low-CO2 technology, but only two have succeeded. They are France and Sweden - and nuclear power was integral to the success of both."
"Anyone who is intellectually honest supports nuclear power."
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Pseudo-environmentalists support wind/solar(bird-choppers/landscape-destroyers) backed up by fossil fuels to keep lights on when wind is not blowing or sun is not shining.

Apr 21, 2017
You can follow what you believe, Willie.

I believe in renewables, and invested in them for my house and car.

Buy any nuclear powerplants? There are many for sale now.

Apr 21, 2017
I believe in renewables, and invested in them for my house and car.
Yeah black spray paint on your roof is cheap but you have to renew it every so often as it wears off.

Apr 21, 2017
As long as it continues to power both house and car, I'll leave it up.

What kind of polluter do you drive?

A Diesel?

Apr 21, 2017
"Anyone who is intellectually honest supports nuclear power."
Obviously, it does apply to gskam, delusional sociopath pathological liar fearmonger.
True environmentalists stay well away from things nuclear, stuff you have not yet learned to control.
"Opposition to nuclear energy is based on irrational fear fed by Hollywood-style fiction, the Green lobbies and the media. These fears are unjustified, and nuclear energy from its start in 1952 has proved to be the safest of all energy sources... I am a Green and I entreat my friends in the movement to drop their wrongheaded objection to nuclear energy... We have no time to experiment with visionary energy sources." - James Lovelock
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Apr 21, 2017
And we use true renewable power from the sun to get our energy.
It cannot even generate electricity to power the Greenpeace ships. It is manufactured and transported, thanks to cheap fossil fuels because it hardly can generate enough energy to fabricate and transport itself. It needs to stay connected to fossil-fueled grids to hide intermittencies. Your "true renewable power from the sun" is a placebo, a joke, a subsidized scam.

Apr 21, 2017
"Obviously, it does apply to gskam, delusional sociopath pathological liar fearmonger."
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Yeah, screaming nasties across the playground does not give you credibility.

My home power system works. How about yours?

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