Modelling Drivers’ Working and Recharging Schedules in a Ride-sourcing Market

The improvement of battery technologies and recharging facilities is currently bringing about the wide adoption of electric vehicles (EVs). Recently, EVs have been introduced to the ride-sourcing market, raising interesting issues related to the incorporation and interaction between EVs and the ride-sourcing market. This study proposes an analytical framework for understanding drivers’ behavior in a ride-sourcing market with both EVs and gasoline vehicles (GVs). A time-expanded network is established to outline choices of working periods of both EV and GV drivers, and recharging schedules of EV drivers. An equilibrium is reached when no driver can improve his/her daily net profit by unilaterally altering his/her working and recharging schedule. Meanwhile, each potential ride-sourcing driver determines to provide service only when the expected daily profit is greater than or equal to his/her individual reservation value. There are several stakeholders with different interests and objectives, including the ride-sourcing platform, passengers, drivers, and electrical power supplier. The authors next investigate the impacts of the two main operational strategies of the electrical power supplier, i.e., the level of charging capacity and the recharging price, on the ride-sourcing platform’s profit, consumer surplus, provider surplus, and the electrical power supplier’s profit. The optimal strategies for maximizing profit of the electrical power supplier and the total social welfare are both discussed through numerical studies.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was sponsored by TRB committee ADB30 Standing Committee on Transportation Network Modeling. Alternate title: Modelling the working and recharging schedules of electric-vehicle drivers in a ride-sourcing market
  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Research Board

  • Authors:
    • Ke, Jintao
    • Cen, Xuekai
    • Yang, Hai
    • Chen, Xiqun (Michael)
  • Conference:
  • Date: 2019


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 3p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01698223
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 19-00740
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 7 2018 9:49AM