The Market for electric vehicles – what do potential users want.

Publication: ResearchPaper – Annual report year: 2012

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This paper investigates some of the factors that influence the potential mass introduction of electric vehicles. The main contribution of the paper is an analysis of how recharging influences the demand. We do this by a joint analysis that includes estimation of a model predicting demand for electric vehicles based upon price, driving range, acceleration, and accessibility to recharging, an in depth analysis of the drivers’ need for recharging based on their observed driving patterns found in the National Travel Survey and a GSP based recording of driving behaviour of a sample of drivers in Copenhagen. The final part of the investigation shows that this accessibility to recharging may be one of the most important factors for decision makers to focus on if electric vehicles are expected in larger numbers, but the analysis also shows that this may not be the most important factor when socio-economic assessments are carried out. The socio-economic assessment shows that the revenue impacts for the government as well as the price of the car and the electricity consumption are still key issues in this aspect.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2012
Number of pages25
StatePublished - 2012
Event12th World Conference on Transportation Research - Lisbon, Portugal


Conference12th World Conference on Transportation Research
SponsorWorld Conference on Transport Research Society
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Bibliographical note

The authors wish to acknowledge financial support from the Danish Research Council, the Danish EDISON project, the Danish Energy Association, and the Danish Road Safety and Transport Agency for the analysis presented in the paper.


  • Electric Vehicles, Recharging needs, Electric car purchase model
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