Impact of vehicle usage on consumer choice of hybrid electric vehicles

Lin He, Wei Chen*, Guenter Conzelmann

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

We analyze the vehicle usage and consumer profile attributes extracted from both National Household Travel Survey and Vehicle Quality Survey data to understand the impact of vehicle usage upon consumers' choices of hybrid electric vehicles in the US. In addition, the key characteristics of hybrid vehicle drivers are identified to determine the market segmentations of hybrid electric vehicles and the critical attributes to include in the choice model. After a compatibility test of two datasets, a pooled choice model combining both data sources illustrates the significant influences of vehicle usage upon consumers' choices of hybrid electric vehicles. Even though the data-bases have in the past been used independently to study travel behavior and vehicle quality ratings, here we use them together.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)208-214
Number of pages7
JournalTransportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2012

Keywords

  • Automobile market segmentation
  • Discrete choice models
  • Hybrid electric vehicle
  • Vehicle usage attributes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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