All plug-in electric vehicles are not the same: Predictors of preference for a plug-in hybrid versus a battery-electric vehicle

Bradley W. Lane, Jerome Dumortier, Sanya Carley, Saba Siddiki, Kyle Clark-Sutton, John D. Graham

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This study analyzes data from a survey of drivers (n = 1080) administered in late 2013 to assess factors that influence potential car buyers to consider two different types of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) in the United States: plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs). The results indicate distinct profiles of respondents preferring PHEVs, which have a gasoline backup engine, versus battery BEVs, which rely solely on a battery for power. Respondents interested in selecting a PHEV consider it more for its economic benefits, such as reduced gasoline and maintenance expenditures. Respondents preferring a BEV are drawn to its environmental and technological appeal. The absence of range anxiety for PHEV is a major factor influencing potential PEV buyers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalTransportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018



  • Consumer preferences
  • Electric vehicles
  • Range anxiety
  • Sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Transportation
  • Environmental Science(all)

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