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Characteristics and Experiences of Ride-Hailing Drivers with Electric Vehicles


Journal Article

Electric Vehicle Research Center, 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program

Suggested Citation:
Sanguinetti, Angela and Kenneth S. Kurani (2021) Characteristics and Experiences of Ride-Hailing Drivers with Electric Vehicles. World Electric Vehicle Association Journal 12 (2), 79

Electrification of transportation network companies (TNCs), such as Uber and Lyft, can produce social and environmental benefits from reduced vehicle emissions and enhanced implementation of renewable electricity as well as private benefits to drivers via reduced vehicle fuel and maintenance costs compared to conventional vehicles. We conducted a survey of plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) drivers on the Uber platform in the US. This paper describes these drivers and their experiences to further understanding of motivations for and barriers to PEV adoption among TNC drivers. The TNC-PEV drivers in this sample clearly recognized, and were largely motivated by, economic benefits of fuel and maintenance savings, thus, increased net earnings, associated with using a PEV to provide ride-hailing services rather than a conventional internal combustion engine vehicle. Most drivers reported charging their PEV every day, most often at home and overnight. This is true even of those with plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) that can run on gas if not charged. Increased electric driving range topped the list of drivers’ wishes to better support PEVs on TNCs, and range limitations topped the list of reasons why PHEV drivers did not opt for a battery electric vehicle (BEV; that runs exclusively on electricity). The second most common wish among all PEV drivers was for more charger locations. View Full-Text

Key words: electric vehicle; consumer adoption; ride-hailing; transportation network company