Survey of Oregon Electric Vehicle Owners: Understanding Perceptions, Motivations, and Concerns

Even though electric vehicles (EVs) have been on the market for in the U.S. for almost ten years, they are still an emerging alternative fuel vehicle. In the 2017, EVs only represented approximately 1% of new vehicle sales in the U.S. This study looked to learn from people living in Oregon who either own or lease an EV about their views on EVs and their experiences purchasing, owning and driving their vehicle. This paper presents the findings of the first statewide survey of EV owners in the state of Oregon. While findings on motivation are fairly similar for EV types and non-EV owners, findings related to pre and post purchase concerns varied by vehicle type and rural vs. urban household locations. These initial findings from the analysis of this study can be a useful tool in how to inform hybrid owners and other populations who may be considering an EV that many of their concerns, such as battery range and longevity, charging time and costs, are unlikely to be realized. The study could also inform advocacy groups and educational programs.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was sponsored by TRB committee ADC80 Standing Committee on Alternative Transportation Fuels and Technologies.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Research Board

  • Authors:
    • MacArthur, John
    • Harpool, Michael
  • Conference:
  • Date: 2019


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 8p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01698162
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 19-05393
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 7 2018 9:47AM