Change in Motion: Infrastructure Adoption for Plug-in Electric Vehicles

Tobias Kuhn

Electric vehicles (EV) create a need for a close-knit network of public EV charging stations (EVCS) throughout the United States. Since this network is not growing traditionally by independent stations as seen in traditional gas stations, there are hindrances to continuous adoption, despite clear trends of sustained growth in EV and plugin hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV). An under coverage of EVCSs could indicate a market failure due to the range limitations of EV needing a unilateral network. The benefits of rapid adoption can reduce the number of 6.5 million deaths per year linked to air pollution, mostly in urban environments. This raises the question: What population dynamics influence developing trends in Electric Vehicle (EV) adoption and EV Charging Station (EVCS) coverage in the United States? Preliminary findings show that there are discrepancies between areas in the U.S.

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 Presented in Session 3. Population, Development, & the Environment; Data & Methods; Applied Demography