An examination of attitudes and perceptions to the adoption of electric vehicles: The case of university students in the United Arab Emirates.

Authors: Robert M. Bridi*, United Arab Emirates University
Topics: Transportation Geography
Keywords: Electric vehicles, attitudes, perceptions, sustainability, United Arab Emirates
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Washington 4, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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The authors investigate the attitudes and perceptions of university students in the United Arab Emirates to the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) as part of a strategy for sustainable transport. The context of the study was the United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, which currently enrolls approximately 14,000 Emirati and international students. The authors surveyed a diverse sample of 664 students from the seven emirates: Abu Dhabi (which serves as the capital), Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain. Details were elicited about factors (economic, social, environmental) that influence the adoption of EVs, perceived advantages of EVs over conventional vehicles, and knowledge about EVs. The SPSS software platform was employed to categorize attitudes and perceptions according to gender, emirate, age, and education group. Participants reported a wide variety of attitudes and perceptions about EVs including environmental benefits and functional drawbacks. Findings show that participant attitudes and perceptions about EVs are influenced by a multiplicity of economic, social, and environmental factors. Neglect of these factors will underestimate the potential to shift preferences toward greater adoption of emerging sustainable transport technologies.

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