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Exploring electric vehicle charging patterns: Mixed usage of charging infrastructure


Journal Article

Electric Vehicle Research Center

Suggested Citation:
Lee, J.H., Debapriya Chakraborty, Scott Hardman, Gil Tal (2020) Exploring electric vehicle charging patterns: Mixed usage of charging infrastructure. Transportation Research Part D 79, 102249

This paper examines the charging behavior of 7,979 plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) owners in California. The study investigates where people charge be it at home, at work, or at public location, and the level of charging they use including level 1, level 2, or DC fast charging. While plug-in behavior can differ among PEV owners based on their travel patterns, preferences, and access to infrastructure studies often make generalizations about charging behavior. In this study, we explore differences in charging behavior among different types of PEV owners based on their use of charging locations and levels, we then identify factors associated with PEV owner’s choice of charging location and charging level. We identified socio-demographic (gender and age), vehicle characteristics, commute behavior, and workplace charging availability as significant factors related to the choice of charging location.

Key words: Charging behavior, charging locations, electric vehicles, plug-in vehicles