Understanding the Distributional Impacts of Vehicle Policy: Who Buys New and Used Alternative Vehicles?

Understanding who is buying electric vehicles, how much they are being driven, and to what extent policies are benefiting low‐income households is central to the sustainability of alternative vehicle policies. This research project explored the plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market, including both Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs), and the sociodemographic characteristics of purchasing households. The results confirm that low-income households exhibit a lower share of PEV purchases than they do for conventional, internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. This result raises questions about barriers to PEV adoption among low-income and minority ethnic populations. By comparing outcomes in the ICE, hybrid, and PEV markets across income and ethnic groups, the researchers tested whether price discrimination and barriers to market access are higher in PEV markets for low-income and minority ethnic groups. They found that, overall, they are not, although there are mixed results for the used PEV market.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $99,101.27
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    California Department of Transportation

    1227 O Street
    Sacramento, CA  United States  95843

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 
  • Project Managers:

    Iacobucci, Lauren

  • Performing Organizations:

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

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

    Rapson, David

    Muehlegger, Erich

  • Start Date: 20160701
  • Expected Completion Date: 20171231
  • Actual Completion Date: 20180328
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01610331
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Sustainable Transportation
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Sep 6 2016 5:21PM