What Pecan Street EV Owners Think About Their Electric Cars

Research results of survey of 68 owners of Volts, Leafs, i-MiEV and Tesla Model S find a high level of satisfaction.

Published: 11-Feb-2014

Will large numbers of customers eventually choose electric vehicles (EVs)? If so, when?

This is of keen interest not just to carmakers, but also to electric utilities. Utilities, after all, will be responsible for powering most EVs once they leave the lot. The extent and rate at which EVs appear in customer garages could impact utility finances and how utilities allocate resources for expenses such as distribution capital equipment.

That’s because most EV owners consume a lot of electricity to power their cars. For the 73 drivers in the Pecan Street Research Institute’s EV research trials, car charging is the largest or second largest source of electricity use (after HVAC) in every one of them. There isn’t a close third.

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