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The impact of age on Italian consumers' attitude toward alternative fuel vehicles

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  • Andriosopoulos, Kostas
  • Bigerna, Simona
  • Bollino, Carlo Andrea
  • Micheli, Silvia

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Addressing environmental problems requires large-scale transition efforts in the transport sector. Many governments, encouraging sustainable mobility, see alternative fuel vehicles as an important part of a technology portfolio targeted at reducing polluting emissions. However, consumers' adoption of alternative fuel vehicles is hindered by complex technical and socio-economic aspects. The novelty of this study is to explicitly explore the impact of age on consumers' attitudes towards alternative fuel vehicles with an original questionnaire survey, targeting a sample of high-educated Italian consumers. We identify the main concerns related to alternative fuel vehicles and suggest measures to overcome these concerns. A better understanding of the effects of different ages on attitude processes is crucial for designing more effective private and public strategies for alternative fuel vehicles' development across a variety of consumers.

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  • Andriosopoulos, Kostas & Bigerna, Simona & Bollino, Carlo Andrea & Micheli, Silvia, 2018. "The impact of age on Italian consumers' attitude toward alternative fuel vehicles," Renewable Energy, Elsevier, vol. 119(C), pages 299-308.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:renene:v:119:y:2018:i:c:p:299-308
    DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2017.11.056
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