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Total cost of ownership and market share for hybrid and electric vehicles in the UK, US and Japan

Kate Palmer, James E. Tate, Zia Wadud and John Nellthorp

Applied Energy, 2018, vol. 209, issue C, 108-119

Abstract: New powertrain technologies, such as Hybrid Electric Vehicles, have a price premium which can often be offset by lower running costs. Total Cost of Ownership combines these purchase and operating expenses to identify the most economical choice of vehicle. This is a valuable assessment for private and fleet purchasers alike. Studies to date have not compared Total Cost of Ownership across more than two vehicle markets or analysed historic costs. To address this gap, this research provides a more extensive Total Cost of Ownership assessment of conventional, Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid and Battery Electric Vehicles in three industrialized countries – the UK, USA (using California and Texas as case studies) and Japan – for the time period 1997–2015. Finally, the link between Hybrid Electric Vehicle Total Cost of Ownership and market share is analysed with a panel regression model.

Keywords: Hybrid Electric Vehicle; Battery Electric Vehicle; Total Cost of Ownership; Consumer demand; Technology adoption (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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