Stated preferences concerning private passenger and light-duty electric vehicles in Germany

  • Präferenzen für private Elektro-Pkw und leichte Elektro-Nutzfahrzeuge in Deutschland

Wolff, Stefanie; Madlener, Reinhard (Thesis advisor); Letmathe, Peter (Thesis advisor)

1. Auflage. - Aachen : E.ON Energy Research Center, RWTH Aachen University (2022)
Book, Dissertation / PhD Thesis

In: E.On Energy Research Center ; FCN, Future Energy Consumer Needs and Behavior 101
Page(s)/Article-Nr.: x, 141 Seiten : Diagramme, Karten

Dissertation, RWTH Aachen University, 2021


As the leading carbon emission contributor worldwide, the decarbonization of the transport sector has become one of the major climate policy targets globally. Electric mobility is key in reducing local pollutant emissions, particularly in urban centers where air pollution levels are often high. By this, private passenger and light-duty electric vehicles (EVs) are pivotal for the sustainable mobility transition. This doctoral thesis consists of three distinct but interrelated articles, where each article provides a specific perspective on EV driving and EV charging preferences. The first article investigates the determinants of technology acceptance of commercial light-duty EV drivers, by providing the first empirical technology acceptance study on light-duty EVs at the workplace. The second article identifies charging preferences such as charging time or location of EV drivers and the willingness to pay (WTP) for them. The third article, then, transforms these charging preferences into a spatial mapping of the WTP for different attributes of the charging process in relation to the available public charging infrastructure. The findings in this dissertation show some fundamental patterns in the adoption of EVs and accompanying charging infrastructures. This dissertation brings forward essential implications for EV and charging infrastructure policy and planning necessary for an effective EV implementation in the commercial and private EV sector, and thus a sustainable road transport transition from fossil fuels to electrical energy.


  • E.ON Energy Research Center [080052]
  • Chair of Future Energy Consumer Needs and Behavior [816110]