Cost of Plug-in Electric Vehicle Ownership: Understanding Vehicle Choice and Cost of Ownership Using Behavioral Data

There is increasing concern that even with purchase subsides, though Plug-In Electric Vehicles (PEVS) offer fuel cost savings they may not be overall cost-efficient in comparison to Internal Combustion Engine Vehicles (ICEVs) and Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs). These studies, however, ignore heterogeneity in vehicle use and charging behavior, as well as the importance of non-monetary incentives on the total cost of ownership and operation (TCO) of PEVs that motivates their adoption. This project will leverage a multi-year survey of about 24,000 PEV vehicle owners in California done by the Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center (PH&EV) at UC Davis, in combination with a similar survey done in 36 states across the nations in 2018 to estimate the TCO models for PEVs, ICEVs, and HEVs. The work will attempt to answer the following key questions: What are the factors influencing TCO of PEVs and how do changes in these factors impact the cost estimate in comparison to ICEVs and HEVs? How do policies like CAFE and fuel/electricity price trends impact the comparative TCO of ICEVs and PEVs? What is the social benefit in terms of GHG reductions obtained from the PEV purchase decision?

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $88463
  • Contract Numbers:

    65A0686 TO 032

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 

    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 

    University of California, Davis

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

    Chakraborty, Debapriya

    Tal, Gil

    Hardman, Scott

  • Start Date: 20200101
  • Expected Completion Date: 20201231
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01717759
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Sustainable Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 65A0686 TO 032
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Sep 20 2019 1:50PM