Proceedings of The 2nd World Conference on Climate Change and Global Warming
A Pilot Study Design for the Use of Electric Vehicles in a Small Island Developing State
Omar Thomas, Jerdene Fraser, Antonia Lawrence, Brandon Brown, Adrian Taylor and Jermaine Welcome
Small Island Developing States (SIDSs) have found themselves at the forefront of the effects of Climate Change and are making strides to develop and implement policies for their Transportation Sector that support a more environmentally friendly future. The literature has shown that the Transportation Sector of a nation has the potential to create as significant dent in minimizing the negative environmental effects of the use of Fossil fuels by utilizing alternative sources of energy. The objective of this study is to design a pilot on a university campus in a SIDS that can inform policymakers on the feasibility of a widespread introduction of Electric Vehicles (E-vehicles). This case study is undertaken at a university in Jamaica, the largest English-speaking Island in the Caribbean. The design of the study is based on limited available data on the university campus and within the island of Jamaica. The results of the study outline the steps to establish a pilot study on a university campus that will be able to capture useful data that can inform policy makers in the island on the recommended way forward to support the introduction of E-vehicles in the country. The study also shows that in general, the introduction of E-Vehicles to the country is expected to gain support provided that: 1) the costs of E-vehicles are comparable, 2) the support vehicle maintenance structures for E-vehicles are established in the island, and 3) there continues to be a positive investment in the charging station infrastructure across the island, which has already begun.
keywords: e-vehicles; climate change; transportation; e-mobility; energy .