Impact of service station networks on purchase decisions of alternative-fuel vehicles


Achtnicht, Martin ; Bühler, Georg ; Hermeling, Claudia


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URL: https://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/2157
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-21573
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2008
The title of a journal, publication series: ZEW Discussion Papers
Volume: 08-088
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: R41 L62 C51 ,
Subject headings (SWD): Deutschland , Kraftstoff , Erneuerbare Energien , Tankstelle , Infrastruktur , Verbraucherverhalten , Umweltverträgliches Produkt
Keywords (English): Fueling Infrastructure , Alternative Fuels , Automobile Market , Stated Preferences , Discrete Choice , Network Effect
Abstract: In this paper we analyze the impact of service station availability on the demand for alternative-fuel vehicles and the consumers’ willingness to pay for an enlarged fueling infrastructure. We examine a stated preferences choice experiment conducted as a CAPI survey with about 600 interviews of potential car buyers in Germany and estimate the coefficients of a discrete choice model. We simulate different scenarios and analyze how individual choice probabilities for alternative fuel-types are changing with a modified fueling infrastructure. In our scenarios hybrids, LPG/CNG and hydrogen will be real alternatives to the existing conventional technologies. However, biofuels and electric power trains are well behind even in a situation where their infrastructure is equally developed. Moreover, on the basis of our model we compute what increases in fixed or variable costs consumers of different income groups are willing to accept for an increasing station density.

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Achtnicht, Martin ; Bühler, Georg ; Hermeling, Claudia (2008) Impact of service station networks on purchase decisions of alternative-fuel vehicles. Open Access ZEW Discussion Papers Mannheim 08-088 [Working paper]
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