The Dynamics of Plug-in Electric Vehicles in the Secondary Market and Their Implications for Vehicle Demand, Durability, and Emissions

Until recently, there were very few used plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) on the market. However, when looking at the secondary market for conventional vehicles, the project sees that it comprises a large percent of vehicle sales per year making its impact very significant on the market as a whole. Similarly, the secondary market for PEVs will have a large effect on the entire market including on the sales of new PEVs. Can these used vehicles provide environmentally friendly choices to those who do not buy new vehicles? Is range degradation an important factor in the use and purchase of the vehicle? Do the subsidies provided by the State, Federal and local authorities pass to the second owner and by how much? To what extent do the subsidies distort the used market for vehicles? This study will investigate the benefits of used PEVs in the market and the economics behind their valuation and purchase. Barriers and opportunities identified in the secondary market can be incorporated into the policies for the primary market to make PEVs a more robust and sustainable transportation solution.


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Air Resources Board (ARB)

    1001 I Street
    Sacramento, CA  United States  95814
  • Performing Organizations:

    University of California, Davis

    1 Shields Ave
    CA, 95616    United States

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Turrentine, Tom

  • Start Date: 20141001
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37007

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01554055
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Sustainable Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC29
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Feb 25 2015 1:01AM