FEEM working papers "Note di lavoro" series
2012.093

Going Electric: Expert Survey on the Future of Battery Technologies for Electric Vehicles


Authors: Michela Catenacci, Elena Verdolini, Valentina Bosetti, Giulia Fiorese, Nadia Ameli
Series: Climate Change and Sustainable Development
Editor: Carlo Carraro
Type: Journal
Keywords: Expert Elicitation, Battery Technologies, Electric Vehicles
JEL n.: Q5, Q55
JEL: Energy Policy
Pages: Vol. 61, pp. 403-413
Date: 07/2013

Abstract

The paper describes the results of a survey, carried out with leading EU experts, on the capacity of both fully electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles to reach commercial success in the next twenty years. The success of electric transport is hampered by a combination of low range, scarce efficiency and high costs of batteries. Costs are expected to decrease in response to increasing sales volume and technical improvements, and advances would result from adequate investments in research, development and demonstration (RD&D). Experts’ judgements are collected to shed light on the inherently uncertain relationship between RD&D efforts and consequent technical progress, and to assess the complex dynamics that will hinder or support the widespread diffusion of electric vehicles. The analysis of the experts’ data results in a number of important policy recommendations to guide future RD&D choices and target commitments both for the EU and its member states.

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Suggested citation: Michela Catenacci, Elena Verdolini, Valentina Bosetti, Giulia Fiorese, Going electric: Expert survey on the future of battery technologies for electric vehicles, Energy Policy, Volume 61, October 2013, Pages 403-413, ISSN 0301-4215, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2013.06.078

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