Analysis of Consumer Response to Automobile Regulation and Technological Change in Support of California Climate Change Rulemaking

The authors of this paper focus on consumer response to improved fuel efficiency in light-duty vehicles. Their review covers the history of consumer response to fuel costs, fuel use, and technical variables affecting fuel use and cost. They conclude that the definition of terms like “fuel economy” and “fuel efficiency” are both evolving, but not shared by energy experts and lay consumers. They suggest it is unlikely that consumers will make the distinction between fuel efficiency and fuel economy that experts do, which can result in mistaken inferences and conclusions from surveys and other research on consumers. They also suggest that consumers will pay more for a more fuel economical vehicle during times of fuel scarcity and rising fuel prices. Higher fuel prices alone do not prompt the purchase of vehicles with higher fuel economy ratings. More importantly, the authors found that consumers do not have the basic tools to construct meaningful answers to questions posed to them about this issue.


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  • Accession Number: 01157172
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UCD-ITS-RR-04-21
  • Contract Numbers: 02-310
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 2 2010 5:25PM