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Improving Community Acceptance to Accelerate Dynamic Wireless Charging for Public Transportation in the Netherlands

Chavoushiforooshani, Ashkan (2023) Improving Community Acceptance to Accelerate Dynamic Wireless Charging for Public Transportation in the Netherlands.

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Abstract:This thesis endeavours to improve community acceptance to accelerate the implementation of dynamic wireless charging (DWC) for public transportation in the Netherlands. Dynamic wireless charging is an innovative technology with the potential to revolutionize the public transportation sector by enabling continuous and efficient charging capabilities for electric buses, thereby eliminating the need for traditional charging infrastructure. The successful deployment of DWC is contingent upon the acceptance and support of local communities. Consequently, this research adopts a mixed-methods approach, encompassing public and expert surveys, to gather comprehensive data from community members and industry experts. The collected data is then analyzed to examine the relationship between demographic factors, awareness levels, perceived benefits, and concerns within the community. This analysis aims to evaluate the community's response to these factors and elaborate on how they influence people's perceptions, either rejecting or supporting the implementation of the DWC project in their neighbourhood. To accomplish this, the study employs fuzzy cognitive mapping, a visual representation of causal relationships, to illustrate the intricate interplay between the factors affecting community acceptance of dynamic wireless charging. By utilizing this mapping technique, the study seeks to define scenarios based on the energy policy of the Netherlands. These scenarios assess the potential outcomes within the complex network of causal relationships among different factors if specific improvements are imposed on the current situation, as depicted in the map. It is hoped that the findings of this research contribute to an enhanced understanding of community acceptance of innovative transportation technologies in the Netherlands. The results offer insights into the underlying factors that drive or hinder acceptance and provide valuable guidance for policymakers, transit operators, and industry stakeholders. The study emphasizes the importance of increasing awareness and understanding of DWC technology and its associated benefits. Furthermore, the research identifies potential concerns, including health and safety as well as the reliability of the technology, which must be effectively addressed through transparent information sharing, and emphasis on the importance of R&D for addressing the challenges of the technology. Ultimately, by fostering community acceptance, this thesis seeks to accelerate the adoption of dynamic wireless charging, leading to a cleaner, more sustainable, and efficient transportation system for the country.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:02 science and culture in general, 31 mathematics, 73 cultural anthropology
Programme:Environmental and Energy Management MSc (69319)
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