# 14-128/VIII (2014-09-22)

Author(s)
Alexandros Dimitropoulos, VU University Amsterdam
Keywords:
Latent class, Latent variable, Environmental concern, Electric vehicle, Plug-in hybrid
JEL codes:
D12, O33, Q58, R41

We examine the influence of drivers’ environmental concerns on their preferences for different types of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). Our empirical approach is built around the results of a large-scale survey among Dutch drivers, where preferences for electric vehicles are elicited through a choice experiment and environmental concerns are reflected in individual responses to Likert-type questions. On this basis, we develop advanced latent class models to study preference heterogeneity and its link to drivers’ socio-demographic background and environmental concerns. We find that environmental concerns are an important predictor of class membership and that highly concerned drivers tend to cluster in classes with a positive stand towards PEVs. High environmental concerns are positively associated with driver’s age and education, while negatively related to d river’s household income.