Introduction of China Plug-in Electric Vehicle Market and an Exploration of Factors Associated with Choice of Plug-in Electric Vehicle

The goal of 20% of all road vehicles globally to be electrically driven as of 2030 by the Paris declaration on e-mobility requires a rapid growth rate in PEV sales during the next 15 years. The experience of China, therefore, deserves consideration globally for its dramatic increase of PEV sales, which may suggest some potential for increasing PEV adoptions in other countries. Based on the surveys conducted from July 2015 to February 2016 in Beijing and Shanghai, China, snapshots of the PEV markets in the two cities are taken. Furthermore, potential factors influencing PEV adoptions are explored under experimental conditions. This study shows the existing structure of current PEV market in China: a certain group of PEV owners with median or low income level motivated more by mobility needs and big incentives on PEVs; while high-end PEV owners with high income level seek more for self or social-identity of representing a high or new technology. It confirms the necessary to improve charging infrastructure, which is still insufficient in China. The effectiveness of the private charging poles on PEV adoption is supported by this empirical study. It also suggests the critical role of incentives plays in achieving PEV success in China.

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    • This paper was sponsored by TRB committee ADD40 Standing Committee on Transportation and Sustainability. Alternate title: Introduction of Chinese Plug-in Electric Vehicle Market and an Exploration of Factors Associated with Choice of Plug-in Electric Vehicle.
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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 16p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 96th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers

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  • Accession Number: 01630590
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 17-02934
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 28 2017 5:07PM