, Volume 45, Issue 6, pp 1721–1753 | Cite as

Incentivizing alternative fuel vehicles: the influence of transport policies, attitudes and perceptions

  • Jose J. Soto
  • Victor Cantillo
  • Julian Arellana


This paper aims to evaluate the influence of policies, attitudes and perceptions when incentivizing alternative fuel vehicles. The impact of possible policies such as gasoline taxes increases, purchase price subsidies, tax exemptions, and increases in fuel recharging station availability for alternative fuelled vehicles is evaluated using hybrid choice models. The models also allow assessing the sensitivity of latent variables (i.e., attitudes and perceptions) in the car purchase behaviour. The models are estimated using data from a stated choice survey collected in five Colombian cities. The latent variables are obtained from the rating of statements related to the transport system, environmental concern, vehicle preferences, and technology. The modelling approach includes regression between latent variables. Results show that environmental concern and the support for green transport policies have a positive influence on the intention to purchase alternative fuel vehicles. Meanwhile, people who reveal to be car-dependent prefer to buy standard fuelled vehicles. The analysis among cities shows similar trends in individual behaviour, although there are differences in attribute sensitivities. The policy scenario analysis revealed high sensitivity to capital cost and the need for extensive investments in refuelling stations for alternative fuel vehicles to become attractive. Nevertheless, all policies should not only be directed at infrastructure and vehicles but also be focused on user awareness and acceptance of the alternative fuel vehicles. The analysis suggests that in an environmentally conscious market, people prefer alternative fuels. However, if the transport policies support private transport, the market shares of alternative fuel vehicles will decrease.


Alternative fuel vehicles Hybrid choice model Discrete choice Latent variables 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jose J. Soto
    • 1
    • 2
  • Victor Cantillo
    • 1
  • Julian Arellana
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringUniversidad del NorteBarranquillaColombia
  2. 2.Faculty of EngineeringUniversidad Tecnologica de BolívarCartagenaColombia

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