COMMERCIAL FLEET DEMAND FOR ALTERNATIVE-FUEL VEHICLES: RESULTS FROM A STATED-CHOICES SURVEY OF 2,000 FLEET OPERATORS IN CALIFORNIA

It is important to learn how fleet operators are likely to evaluate alternative-fuel vehicles (AFVs, also called clean-fuel vehicles). United States clean-air and fuel-management legislation and specific zero-emissions and ultra-low-emissions vehicle mandates in California ensure that fleets will be targeted as early adopters of emerging clean-fuel technologies. Although it is widely recognized that fleets are critical to the growth of alternative-fuel technologies, survey data needed to develop fleet demand models have been generally unavailable prior to 1994, due to the difficulty of establishing a representative sample of both business and government organizations with fleet operations. The current study provides results from a large, broad-based sample of fleet sites in California, part of a broader project to develop an integrated vehicle demand forecasting system for both households and fleets. The 1994 California Fleet Site Survey was based on a comprehensive sample derived from motor-vehicle registration records, and a survey response rate in excess of 70% was obtained. Initial results from the 1994 California Fleet Site Survey are explored in this paper. The paper is organized as follows: Previous research is discussed in Section 2, followed by a description of the survey in Section 3. Fleet site characteristics are explored in Section 4. Vehicle utilization is analyzed in Section 5, and the effects of fleet operators' awareness of clean fuel mandates is explored in Section 6. Near-term AFV purchase intention is examined in Section 7. A model of vehicle choice is presented in Section 8 to provide insights into the attribute tradeoffs that fleet managers are likely to exhibit when making future vehicle acquisitions in the presence of AFVs. Finally, the conclusions drawn to date are reported in Section 9.

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    • This paper was prepared for the Seventh World Conference on Transport Research, Sydney, Australia, July 16-21, 1995.
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    University of California, Irvine

    Institute of Transportation Studies
    Irvine, CA  United States  92697
  • Authors:
    • Golob, T F
    • Torous, J
    • Brownstone, D
    • Crane, S
    • Bunch, D S
    • Bradley, M
  • Publication Date: 1995-2

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00713489
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UCI-ITS-WP-95-7
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 3 1995 12:00AM