Understanding barriers and enablers of electric vehicles in urban freight transport: Addressing stakeholder needs in Turkey

Imre S., Çelebi Gonıdıs D., Koca F.

SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND SOCIETY, vol.68, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 68
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.scs.2021.102794
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Compendex, INSPEC
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Electric Freight Vehicles (EFVs) have a strong potential for urban freight transport and city logistics. Depending on the way electricity is produced, the deployment of EFVs could significantly reduce exhaust emissions and noise pollution in cities. However, the market share of EFVs in commercial fleets is far below the potential. There is also a lack of knowledge on specific technical and organizational issues faced by EFV adopters, particularly who are at an early stage of adoption. The aim of this paper is to obtain an in-depth understanding of the factors that influence the adoption of EFVs in urban freight transport fleets in Turkey. The analysis is based on review of literature and the feedback gathered from a workshop with relevant stakeholders, as a part of the activities realized under EUFAL (Electric urban freight and logistics) project, realized under the ERA-NET Cofound Electric Mobility Europe. The evaluation of workshop results shows that besides some persistent technical and operational issues, EFV adoption is limited by a clear lack of easily available and reliable information on factors affecting the EFV adoption decision.