Understanding the potential market for limited-range vehicles is important to planning research and development programs for electric and hybrid vehicles and for gaseous-fueled vehicles as well. Studies of consumer preferences and perceptions have shown vehicle range to be a very important vehicle attribute. Studies of household vehicle use, on the other hand, have suggested that the range requirements most households place on vehicles are quite modest. The latter, however, have been severely limited by the absence of longitudinal data on the usage of individual vehicles. Instead, they have relied on single-day surveys on many vehicles, an inappropriate data source. This study develops a method for estimating daily travel distributions for individual vehicles and applies it to a recent longitudinal survey of miles and days between refuelings for over 2000 vehicles. Every vehicle in the sample has at least 30 consecutive refueling intervals. A variety of measures of "range requirement" are defined and calculated. The results confirm the existence of a substantial potential market (20-50% of all household vehicles) for vehicles with ranges on the order of 100 miles. Further research using these data and this method could describe the nature of vehicles with limited-range needs and the households which own them. (Author/TRRL)

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    Pergamon Press, Incorporated

    Headington Hill Hall
    Oxford OX30BW,    
  • Authors:
    • Greene, D L
  • Publication Date: 1985-8

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  • Accession Number: 00453208
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-039 374
  • Files: HSL, ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 28 1986 12:00AM