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The influence of knowledge management on adoption intention of electric vehicles: perspective on technological knowledge

Xingjun Huang (College of Mechanical and Vehicle Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing, China)
Yun Lin (School of Management Science and Real Estate, Chongqing University, Chongqing, China)
Ming K. Lim (College of Mechanical and Vehicle Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing, China) (Centre for Business in Society, Coventry University Business School, Coventry, UK)
Ming-Lang Tseng (Institute of Innovation and Circular Economy, Asia University, Taichung, Taiwan) (Lunghwa University of Science and Technology, Taoyuan, Taiwan)
Fuli Zhou (School of Economics and Management, Zhengzhou University of Light Industry, Zhengzhou, China)

Industrial Management & Data Systems

ISSN: 0263-5577

Article publication date: 30 April 2021

Issue publication date: 5 July 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

Technological innovation is one of the remarkable characteristics of electric vehicles (EVs). This study aims to analyze how consumers' technological knowledge affects their intention to adopt EVs.

Design/methodology/approach

Original data were collected via a survey of 443 participants in China. An extended technology acceptance model was constructed to identify the factors influencing consumers' intention to adopt EVs and related technological knowledge pathways.

Findings

The results show that consumer technological knowledge is positively and significantly related to EVs' perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use, perceived fun to use and consumers' intention to adopt EVs. In addition, no direct and significant relationship is found between perceived fun to use and willingness to adopt EVs, from the technical knowledge dimension.

Practical implications

Imparting consumers with EV technological knowledge and usefulness may be an effective way to enhance their awareness and willingness to use EVs. Moreover, the role of females in the decision to adopt EVs should not be ignored, especially in decisions to purchase a family car.

Originality/value

Prior studies lack a technological knowledge-based view, and few studies have discussed how to explore the effects of consumer technological knowledge about EVs on their adoption intention. This study fills the research gap.

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Acknowledgements

The authors appreciate the anonymous referees and the editor for their valuable comments. The authors would like to thank Editage (www.editage.cn) for English language editing. The authors declare no conflict of interest.Funding: This study is supported by the Chinese National Funding of Social Science (Grant No. 18BJY066), Chongqing Science and Technology Commission (Grant No. cstc2018jszx-cyzd0711) and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (Grant No. 2019CDCGGK318).

Citation

Huang, X., Lin, Y., Lim, M.K., Tseng, M.-L. and Zhou, F. (2021), "The influence of knowledge management on adoption intention of electric vehicles: perspective on technological knowledge", Industrial Management & Data Systems, Vol. 121 No. 7, pp. 1481-1495. https://doi.org/10.1108/IMDS-07-2020-0411

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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