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Costs and Benefits of Electric Vehicles

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  • Fredrik Carlsson
  • Olof Johansson-Stenman

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This paper undertakes a social cost-benefit analysis regarding an increase in the number of electric vehicles in the Swedish transport sector by year 2010. Battery cars are generally found to be socially unprofitable, even though their private life-cycle costs and external costs are lower than those of petrol cars. One important reason for this is that electric vehicles are heavily 'subsidised' by having, in comparison with taxes on fossil fuel, a very low electricity tax. 'Hybrid' cars are more likely to be socially profitable, especially for city-based delivery trucks, which may be both privately and socially profitable without subsidies. © The London School of Economics and the University of Bath 2003

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  • Fredrik Carlsson & Olof Johansson-Stenman, 2003. "Costs and Benefits of Electric Vehicles," Journal of Transport Economics and Policy, University of Bath, vol. 37(1), pages 1-28, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpe:jtecpo:v:37:y:2003:i:1:p:1-28
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    1. Elisabeth Windisch & Fabien Leurent, 2012. "L'acceptabilité potentielle des voitures électriques : Quelle profitabilité financière pour l'usager privé en Ile-de-France?," Post-Print hal-00680973, HAL.
    2. Carlsson, Fredrik & Johansson-Stenman, Olof, 2002. "Costs and Benefits of Electric Vehicles - A 2010 Perspective," Working Papers in Economics 73, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics.
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    4. Newbery, David & Strbac, Goran, 2016. "What is needed for battery electric vehicles to become socially cost competitive?," Economics of Transportation, Elsevier, vol. 5(C), pages 1-11.
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    7. Massiani, Jérôme, 2015. "Cost-Benefit Analysis of policies for the development of electric vehicles in Germany: Methods and results," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 38(C), pages 19-26.
    8. Dijkman, T.J. & Benders, R.M.J., 2010. "Comparison of renewable fuels based on their land use using energy densities," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 14(9), pages 3148-3155, December.
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