Why do some California consumers not charge their plug-in hybrid vehicles?

A new study investigates why some drivers of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) rarely charge their cars.

Analyzing the 30-day charging behavior of 5,418 PHEV owners in California, the researchers find that several factors play a role in the decision.

These include “vehicle characteristics and the availability and cost of charging at various locations”, the authors say, along with “higher home electricity prices, lower electric driving range, lower electric motor power to vehicle weight ratios, lower potential cost savings from charging, and living in an apartment or condo”.

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