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E-mobility in agriculture: differences in perception between experienced and non-experienced electric vehicle users
AuthorBrudermann, Thomas
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Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, 2019, Vol. 21, Issue 1, page 55-67
Published2019
LanguageEnglish
Document typeJournal Article
Keywords (EN)E-mobility / Agriculture / Importanceperformance analysis / Perception gap
ISSN1618-9558
URNurn:nbn:at:at-ubg:3-5353 Persistent Identifier (URN)
DOIdoi.org/10.1007/s10098-018-1615-2 
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A growing population and the impact of climate change represent clear challenges for the agricultural sector. Adapting agricultural machinery, e.g., raising the use of electric vehicles (EVs), is one way of meeting such challenges. Although interest in EVs and sustainable farming is becoming ever stronger, in practice the usage of EVs still remains at a relatively low level. As EV experience is key in deciding for or against e-mobility, the present paper focuses on the differences in perceptions between experienced and non-experienced electric vehicle users. The present study was conducted in the course of a pilot project on e-mobility in rural Austrian regions. Three hundred and thirty-four farmers were asked to assess the performance of 13 attributes regarding e-cars and agricultural EVs. While none of the selected attributes were deemed unimportant, there were clear differences in perceptions between those with and without EV experience. For example, farmers with experience were more satisfied with the performance of current EVs than those without experience. Availability of a private charging station for agricultural EVs is seen as important by both groups, but experienced farmers rate the respective importance, and also satisfaction with private charging stations significantly higher than farmers without experience. The results show that specific policy adaptations have to be made in order to increase the acceptance of EVs in the agriculture sector.

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