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Plug-in electric vehicles could bolster renewable energy use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions

November 12, 2015

Significant greenhouse gas emissions reductions can be achieved by linking renewable energy to plug-in electric vehicles and consumers want it to happen. In the article, Anticipating PEV buyers’ acceptance of utility controlled charging, professor Jonn Axsen and doctoral candidate Joseph Bailey from SFU's School of Resource & Environmental Management find that consumers would be interested in participating in programs that charge their electric vehicles when renewable energy is available. This could increase renewable energy consumption while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“The next generation of electric vehicle consumers could be interested in renewable energy programs but they will need to be incentivized in different ways to participate,” says Bailey.

This article can found in the current issue of the Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice.

Suzanne Goldberg, Sustainable Transportation Research, 778.558.3617,