May 2013 Electric Vehicle Survey

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The latest survey showing how PEV drivers use and charge their cars      

The latest survey data on how California’s plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) drivers use and charge their cars indicates that CVRP recipients are highly satisfied with their choice to go electric and use their PEVs as their primary transportation. The study shows PEV owners drive their cars an average of nearly 29 miles per day and charge their vehicles primarily at night when electrical rates are lowest.

California is the nation’s largest PEV market with some 30,000 vehicles, roughly 35 percent of the U.S. total, with sales adding about 2,500 additional cars in the state each month. The data in this survey reflects the actions of some 2,039 PEV owners throughout the state.

California Plug-in Electric Vehicle Owner Survey results

Highlights from the survey include:

  • The CVRP rebate was as an important motivating factor in the purchase decision for 95% of respondents.
  • PEV driver satisfaction is high, with 92% of respondents reporting overall satisfaction and driving an average of 910 miles per month.
  • Driver satisfaction with public charging infrastructure remains low, but it is improving. Between February and October 2012, satisfaction increased from 17% to 23%.
  • Access to workplace charging is available to 37% of survey respondents; however, 66% reported using it less than once per week when charged usage fees.
  • For occasional public charging outside the home, two-thirds of respondents reported a willingness to pay up to $1.00 per hour with less than one-third willing to pay $1.50 per hour.
  • For daily charging outside the home, only 16% of respondents expressed a willingness to pay up to $1.25 per hour, but 43% were willing to pay $1.00.
Chuck Colgan