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Project Status: active

Title: Emerging Technology Zero Emission Vehicle Household Travel and Refueling Behavior

Principal Investigator / Author(s): Tal, Gil

Contractor: UC Davis

Contract Number: 16RD009

Research Program Area: Climate Change

Topic Areas: Behavioral Change, Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Research Summary:

Zero emission vehicles (ZEV) are anticipated to become an increasing share of new light-duty vehicle sales; however, their environmental benefits will vary depending on consumer usage and refueling behavior. This project's objective is to collect and analyze in-use vehicle data from emerging clean vehicle technologies in a household context to improve estimates of emission profiles and consumer benefits. Specifically, the travel and refueling behavior from 82 households that own or lease a Toyota Prius Prime, Chrysler Pacifica, Chevrolet Bolt, or the Toyota Mirai will be analyzed. This project will result in a comprehensive and highly resolved dataset of vehicle and recharging/refueling parameters that allows for characterization of the current state of ZEV household travel, capturing an early stage of the market when vehicle range and body styles are rapidly expanding. This information can help regulators and policymakers to adjust treatment of ZEVs in regulatory or incentive programs, appropriately plan for possible grid impacts from ZEV charging, and evaluate the benefits of public electric vehicle charging and hydrogen refueling infrastructure investments. Lastly, this research can also continue to improve our understanding of how general vehicle operations and travel behavior may affect emissions.


For questions regarding this research project, including available data and progress status, contact: Research Division staff at (916) 445-0753

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