"The latest survey of California’s plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) drivers shows differences in primary purchase motivations from owners of one model to the next. The survey also shows increased satisfaction with public charging options and wider availability of workplace charging than in previous surveys."

Says the Center For Sustainable Energy.

Highlights from the survey, most of which are detailed in the infographic below, include:

  • The primary motivations for vehicle purchase vary significantly between models – Leaf drivers indicated the environment as the primary motivator, Plug-in Prius owners stated HOV lane access and Volt drivers specified fuel savings.
  • Respondents owning Chevy Volts are more than four times as likely to have a level 2 charging station installed at their home than Toyota Prius Plug-In respondents.
  • Workplace charging availability is becoming more widespread, 46% of respondents reported access to workplace charging, an increase of 14% from March 2012.
  • Of those with access to workplace charging, 74% have access to this charging at no cost to the driver, down from 89% in March 2012.
  • Though low, driver satisfaction with public charging infrastructure continues to improve, rising from 17% in March 2012 to 29% in May 2013.
  • HOV lane access was an extremely or a very important purchase motivation for 59% of respondents; 84% are displaying the HOV lane access sticker.


Source: Center For Sustainable Energy, hat tip to David Murray!

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