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Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE)

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Master's Thesis




Civil Engineering

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Dr. Greg Erhardt


This study aims to estimate the effectiveness of incentives in increasing the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) among households in the near future. Five scenarios were tested using a vehicle type choice model estimated from the 2017 National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) data: (1) increasing the number of EV chargers, (2) reducing the purchase price of EVs based on household income, (3) increasing the number of EV models and makes, (4) increasing the EV range, and (5) all scenarios at once. Results showed that all the scenarios were effective in increasing EV adoption amongst households. Some scenarios were more effective than others; notably the number of makes and models which had two separate scenarios with the first scenario having a 37% increase in PEVs and the second scenario having over 2200% increase in BEVs. The price reduction showed positive changes towards EV adoption. Scenarios like increasing the number of EV chargers improved the EV share amongst households but very modestly, we saw only a 1% increase in BEVs in this scenario. All scenarios, however, resulted in significant decreases in other fuel types, particularly gas and diesel vehicles. The results suggest policy makers and vehicle manufacturers have substantial ability to drive the demand for electric vehicles.

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Lyman T. Johnson Fellowship

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