Opportunities and threats for the electric two-wheelers in China

Yu, A. and Pettersson, S.
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Conference item

Being the country with the largest number of electric two-wheelers (E2Ws), China has received more and more attention over the last few years. However, this large-scale adoption was not led by the strong political will in developing Alternative Fuel Vehicles. This study applies two different methods to identify the driving and resisting factors of the E2W development. An integrated method of force field analysis and SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) aims to uncover the reasons behind the rapid E2W technology penetration in the Chinese society. The technological innovation system is applied as the analytical framework to investigate the weaknesses of the E2W system. The result shows that the E2W adoption has been mainly driven by low cost of the product and the biking habit embedded in the society. Notably, the legitimation of E2W is somehow recognized as the main system weakness at the current stage. 

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Helsinki Congress and Fair Centre Helsinki
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10th ITS European Congress, Helsinki, Finland