Research & Statistics

Research Sources on Electric Vehicles

  • Alternative Fuels Data Center: Research and Development of Electricity as a Vehicle Fuel (U.S. Department of Energy) –  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is working with its partners in the public and private sectors to research, develop, and deploy technologies that enhance the performance of electric drive vehicles, including hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and all-electric vehicles (EVs).

  • Electric Vehicles Research by IDTechEx – Electric Vehicles Research provides you with a free daily update of the latest industry developments. Launched in May 2010, this free portal covers progress of electric vehicles and the enabling technologies in all its forms. Hosted and written by IDTechEx, the leading analyst and event organizer on electric vehicle technologies and markets, articles provide commentary, analysis and give a balanced view of the subject.

  • The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) – The International Council on Clean Transportation is an independent nonprofit organization founded to provide first-rate, unbiased research and technical and scientific analysis to environmental regulators. ICCT’s mission is to improve the environmental performance and energy efficiency of road, marine, and air transportation, in order to benefit public health and mitigate climate change.
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) > Transportation Research – NREL spearheads transportation research, development, and deployment (RD&D) to accelerate the widespread adoption of high-performance, low-emission, energy-efficient passenger and freight vehicles. As the only national laboratory dedicated 100% to renewable energy and energy efficiency, NREL collaborates with industry, government, and research partners to create better:
    • Electric, hybrid, fuel cell, and conventional vehicle technologies
    • Biofuels, hydrogen, natural gas, propane, and petroleum-based fuels
    • Charging and fueling infrastructure.
  • Navigant Research – The Electric Vehicles Research Service focuses on the emerging market opportunities for electrified vehicles on a worldwide basis. Research coverage includes plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, battery electric vehicles, hybrid cars and trucks, and electric bicycles, motorcycles, and scooters. Enabling technologies such as batteries and charging equipment infrastructure are also analyzed in depth. The service examines key industry players within the EV ecosystem as well as policy and regulatory factors and drivers of consumer and fleet demand for electrified vehicles.
  • Plug-In Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center (U.C. Davis) – The Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle (PH&EV) Research Center launched in early 2007, with the support of the California Energy Commission’s allocation of Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) funds for transportation research. The Center collaborates closely with California utilities, automakers, regulators, and other research institutions such as the Electric Power Research Institute and Argonne National Lab on research aimed at developing a sustainable market for plug-in vehicles.

Research Studies and Surveys on Electric Vehicles

  • Consumer Acceptance of Electric Vehicles in the US (ICCT, December, 2012) – Review of existing research studies on EVs from Deloitte, Boston Consulting, J.D. Power and Pike Research.

  • Creating the Clean Energy Economy – Analysis of the Electric Vehicle Industry (International Economic Development Council, 2013) – IEDC looks at the job potential of electric vehicles, the then current (2013) state of the industry and market; discusses hurdles to adoption and presents several recommendations for overcoming them.

  • Leading edge of electric vehicle market development in the United States: An analysis of California cities (ICCT, 2016) – Analyzes EV uptake at the city level, and assesses public charging infrastructure, model availability, and other factors to identify leading-edge markets in California. Provides a detailed analysis of the 30 California cities with the highest rates of EV penetration, examining how governments, utilities, businesses, and nonprofits are promoting EVs.

  • Bosch survey: U.S. new car buyers believe full-electric vehicles are moving mainstream (January 12, 2017 – press release) – Bosch research study based on a survey conducted among 1,000 U.S. based new car buyers. According to the study, new car buyers show an increasing willingness to adopt full-electric vehicles in the near future. Specifically,
    – 62 percent of new car buyers believe they will own at least one full-electric vehicle in their household within 10 years or less
    – Of those who anticipate having a full-electric vehicle in their household at any point in their lifetime, 71 percent believe all of their household vehicles will be full-electric vehicles within 15 years

  • More than 37 Million Plug-in Electric Vehicles are Expected to be in Use in 2025 (Navigant Research – January 2017) – According to the report, by 2025, more than 68 million light duty HEVs, PHEVs, and BEVs are expected to be in use globally, with over half being plug-in vehicles. (Full report requires purchase)

  • Consumer Appetite for Electric Vehicles Rivals Pickups (AAA – April 2017) – A AAA study reveals that consumer interest in electric vehicles remains high, with the survey showing that more than 30 million Americans are likely to buy an electric vehicle for their next car. With rising sales, longer ranges and lower costs, AAA predicts a strong future for electric vehicles, and announces the top electric, hybrid and other efficient vehicles in its independent, rigorous test-track evaluation.