A review of consumer preferences of and interactions with electric vehicle charging infrastructure
Journal article, 2018

This paper presents a literature review of studies that investigate infrastructure needs to support the market introduction of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). It focuses on literature relating to consumer preferences for charging infrastructure, and how consumers interact with and use this infrastructure. This includes studies that use questionnaire surveys, interviews, modelling, GPS data from vehicles, and data from electric vehicle charging equipment. These studies indicate that the most important location for PEV charging is at home, followed by work, and then public locations. Studies have found that more effort is needed to ensure consumers have easy access to PEV charging and that charging at home, work, or public locations should not be free of cost. Research indicates that PEV charging will not impact electricity grids on the short term, however charging may need to be managed when the vehicles are deployed in greater numbers. In some areas of study the literature is not sufficiently mature to draw any conclusions from. More research is especially needed to determine how much infrastructure is needed to support the roll out of PEVs. This paper ends with policy implications and suggests avenues of future research.


Scott Hardman

University of California

Alan Jenn

University of California

Gil Tal

University of California

Jonn Axsen

Simon Fraser University

George Beard

TRL Limited

Nicolo Daina

Imperial College London

Erik Figenbaum

The Institute of Transport Economics (TØI)

Niklas Jakobsson

Department of Physical Resource Theory

Patrick Jochem

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Neale Kinnear

TRL Limited

Patrick Plötz

Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI

Jose Pontes

EV Volumes

Nazir Refa


Frances Sprei

Chalmers, Space, Earth and Environment, Physical Resource Theory

Tom Turrentine

University of California

Bert Witkamp

European Alternative Fuel Observatory (EAFO)

Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment

1361-9209 (ISSN)

Vol. 62 508-523

Subject Categories

Transport Systems and Logistics

Economic Geography

Business Administration



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