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Enablers and Barriers to the Adoption of Alternatively Powered Buses

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This paper seeks to identify enablers and barriers that stimulate or prevent the adoption of alternatively powered buses (APBs) in cities. The research method concentrates on an in-depth analysis of 21 European demonstration case studies of APBs. Considerable differences exist between these cities due to the different reference situation. The type of measurement and the situation in the demonstration cities influence the exact fuel consumption and emission reduction. Variables that could enable the adoption of all types of APBs are: (1) the compatibility with previously introduced ideas; (2) the already available necessary supporting infrastructure in the city; (3) a changed external appearance of the APB; (4) the acceptance of the APBs by passengers and bus drivers; and (5) political support in the city regarding the APBs. The main variables that could be determined as barriers are: the relative economic advantage (the outline of costs is higher than that of conventional buses); and the understanding of the APB for bus drivers and mechanics (because special training is needed for both groups).

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: NEA Transport Research and Training, Rijswijk, the Netherlands 2: Department of Transport and Infrastructure, OTB Research Institute for Housing, Urban and Mobility Studies, TU Delft, Delft, the Netherlands

Publication date: November 1, 2007

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