Barriers to EV adoption among rideshare drivers

 

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Transportation-network companies’ (TNCs, such as Uber or Lyft) vehicles travel much farther distances than the average car, so it is no surprise that their drivers stand to benefit considerably in terms of fuel savings, and have a faster (~2-3 year) return-on-investment for initial cost, by switching to electric vehicles (EVs). Despite this, TNC drivers may be reluctant to switch to EVs for myriad reasons. However, limited knowledge is available on drivers’ perceptions of EVs. The goal of this study is to identify perceived barriers to EV adoption amongst TNC drivers, particularly related to acquisition costs and charging. 

Methods: Surveys will be administered to TNC drivers as well as a comparison sample of long-distance commuters who are not TNC drivers

Significance: The outcomes of this project will have implications for TNC incentives and programs related to EVs, as well as state and local policies regarding zero-emissions mileage among TNCs.

Project phase: Pre-data collection

Collaborators: Dr. Deepak Rajagopal, UCLA (PI)

Funding acknowledgement: Environmental Law Institute