The study shows that governments have largely adopted technology neutral policies and are employing similar policy mixes in promoting vehicle electrification.
Annika Bose Styczynski, Associate Professor and Associate Dean (Research and International Collaborations), Jindal School of Government and Public Policy,
O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana.
Llewelyn Hughes, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.
Governments apply a range of policy instruments to promote the electrification of personal transport using technologies such as Plug-in Hybrid, Battery Electric, and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles.
The researchers introduce a framework for comparing public policies cross-nationally used to support the research, development, and deployment of electric vehicles. We use this framework to identify whether governments are using similar policy instruments to promote vehicle electrification in the period 2006-2016.
The authors also examine the extent to which policy instruments are neutral across technologies, presenting country case studies for China, the United States, Japan, and, within the regulatory framework of the European Union, Germany, and France.
The study shows that governments have largely adopted technology neutral policies and are employing similar policy mixes in promoting vehicle electrification, despite differences in governing institutions between the countries examined. We conclude by suggesting a future research agenda, including identifying plausible explanations for this outcome.
Published in: Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions
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