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Psychological Factors Influencing the Adoption of Electric Vehicles in the United States

Introduction

Figure 1. Global primary energy consumption projection from 2000–2050. Note. Data referenced from Enerdata. (2021). Total primary energy consumption. Global Energy & Climate Outlook 2050.
Figure 2. Estimated share of major primary energy sources in global primary energy consumption (left) and estimated share of CO2 emissions from global fossil fuel consumption (right) in 2050. Note. The estimated share of primary energy sources in global primary energy consumption are referenced from Enerdata. (2021). Total primary energy consumption. Global Energy & Climate Outlook 2050. The estimated CO2 emissions from global fossil fuel consumption are referenced from Enerdata. (2021). Total CO2 emissions. Global Energy & Climate Outlook 2050.

Common Reasons from General Public

Powerful Underlying Psychological Factors

Suggestions for Overcoming Psychological Biases

  • Discount for public parking and toll roads while driving an EV
  • Investment into establishing networks of fast-charging infrastructure on all main roads
  • No purchase or import tax on EV purchases, no value-added tax (VAT) on EV leases, and no road tax on driving EVs, while also imposing a carbon pollution tax on high emission vehicles (Norsk elbilforening, 2021)

Acknowledgements

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