This project was funded by the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC). The authors would like to thank Forth for their valuable input, resources and support during the project to make sure it was successful. We’d like to thank all the respondents in Oregon for their time in taking the survey and their valuable input. This project was funded through a grant from Metro’s regional flexible funds through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality Program. Forth is a nonprofit 501(c)(6) trade association with a closely related 501(c)(3) charity, the Forth Mobility Fund. Forth works to advance electric, smart, and shared transportation in the Pacific Northwest and beyond through innovation and industry development; demonstration and pilot projects; policy advocacy; and consumer engagement.
Battery charging stations (Electric vehicles), Electric vehicles, Hybrid electric vehicles
The market for electric vehicles (EVs) is changing dramatically in the United States. Federal and state policies have been adopted to promote research and development in EV technology and to increase the number of EVs available in order to support increasing rates of EV ownership. The state of Oregon has one of the highest per-capita EV sales markets in the country. However, much is to be done if Oregon is to reach their ambitious goal of complete electrification of the private automobile industry by 2050. The goal of this study is to illuminate some of the current challenges and opportunities EV automakers and policy decision makers are presented with in this rapidly changing market. To do this, the researchers utilize survey results received from individuals who currently own or lease an EV (PHEV or BEV) or other low-carbon vehicle (hybrid vehicle). These groups are first analyzed separately. For each analysis, results are disaggregated by vehicle type and land designation (urban/rural) to illuminate similarities, differences, and trends across populations. Then the results from the two surveys are compared in order to reveal commonalities between EV owners and owners of other low-carbon vehicles.
MacArthur, John, Michael Harpool and Daniel Scheppke. Survey of Owners of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles in Oregon. Project Brief TREC-RR-1259. Portland, OR: Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC), 2018.