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Project Status: active

Title: Advanced Plug-In Electric Vehicle Usage and Charging Behavior

Principal Investigator / Author(s): Turrentine, Tom

Contractor: UC Davis

Contract Number: 12-319

Research Program Area: Climate Change, Emissions Monitoring & Control

Topic Areas: Behavioral Change, Greenhouse Gas Control, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Mobile Sources & Fuels, Transport

Research Summary:

Plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) are anticipated to become an increasing share of new light-duty vehicle sales; however their environmental benefits will vary depending on consumer usage and charging behavior. This projectís objective is to collect and analyze in-use vehicle data from a variety of vehicle types in a household context to improve estimates of emission profiles and consumer benefits. This will result in a comprehensive and highly resolved dataset of vehicle and recharging/refueling parameters that allows for characterization of the current state of PEV household travel. This information can help regulators and policymakers to adjust treatment of PEVs in regulatory or incentive programs, appropriately plan for possible grid impacts from PEV charging, and evaluate the benefits of public infrastructure investments. Lastly, this research can also continue to improve our understanding of how general vehicle operations and travel behavior may affect emissions.


For questions regarding this research project, including available data and progress status, contact: Heather Choi at (916) 322-3893

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