Understanding the Early Adopters of Fuel Cell Vehicles

The market introduction of fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) is dependent on the vehicles being purchased by consumers. The first consumers to buy any new product are early adopters. The early adopters of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are well understood thanks to several years of research into the BEV market. No research has been undertaken to understand who the early adopters of FCVs are. This study will analyze data gathered by the Plug-In Hybrid & Electric Vehicle center for the electric vehicle miles traveled (eVMT) project to understand the early adopters of FCVs. The data includes information on household sociodemographics (income, education, age, gender, household size, etc.), household vehicles, travel patterns (commute distance, long distance trips), and locality to hydrogen fueling stations for more than 400 household that drive FCVs. This study will analyze this data to better understand those consumers who are currently purchasing or leasing FCVs. This information will help policymakers understand which consumers are purchasing the vehicle, where they live, and their travel patterns. The information can inform policymakers on the impact of policies to promote the deployment of FCVs. It will also reveal if the introduction of FCVs will add new adaptors to the zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) market or cannibalize the demand for BEVs or PHEVS. The results can help in planning incentives, station locations, and other policies aimed to increase the total number of ZEVs.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $24685
  • Contract Numbers:

    Caltrans 65A0686 Task Order 016

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    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

    California Department of Transportation

    1227 O Street
    Sacramento, CA  United States  95843
  • 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 

    University of California, Davis

    Institute of Transportation Studies
    Davis, CA  United States  95616
  • Principal Investigators:

    Hardman, Scott

    Tal, Gil

  • Start Date: 20190101
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190630
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01690125
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Sustainable Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: Caltrans 65A0686 Task Order 016
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Dec 27 2018 2:45PM