Webinar: Cost of Ownership and Discontinuance in the California Electric Vehicle Market

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This webinar will highlight two new studies on California’s electric vehicle market with implications for the state’s push to reach 100% zero-emission vehicle sales by 2035. The first presents an innovative approach for calculating electric vehicles’ total cost of ownership for various household types in California, providing insights on when electric vehicles might become cost competitive for different consumer groups (including lower-income buyers). The findings have ramifications for electric vehicle incentive programs and infrastructure deployment. The second study investigates discontinuance of electric vehicles. The presentation will explore how prevalent this issue is, why buyers abandon electric vehicles, and what might lure them back to the market. All of these questions have implications for electric vehicle market growth.

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Debapriya Chakraborty

Dr. Debapriya Chakraborty  | Postdoctoral Researcher, Plug-In Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center, UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies

Debapriya Chakraborty holds a Ph.D. in Economics from UC Irvine with specialization in transportation and environmental economics. Her research focuses on the impact of policies to encourage electric vehicle adoption and the role of market-based strategies in maximizing their environmental benefits.


Scott Hardman

Dr. Scott Hardman | Professional Research Scientist, Plug-In Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center, UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies

Scott Hardman holds a Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham. His research focus is on electric vehicles (EVs) and automated vehicles (AVs). This includes understanding the buyers of EVs & AVs, consumer preferences and purchase motivations, how consumers use the vehicles, and researching policies to manage the adoption of both technologies.

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