Characteristics of Dutch EV drivers

Auke Hoekstra, Nazir Refa

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There has been little research towards the characteristics of Dutch electric vehicle (EV) drivers. This paper describes the result of focus groups and a survey with 286 respondents. Results indicate the current EV driver is predominantly a well-educated middle aged male with a high paying job. We link this to the price of the vehicles and the structure of tax incentives. He is moderately environmentally friendly and likes innovation. He loves the driving experience and promotes EVs towards friends. Most EV drivers are unsatisfied with their all electric range and on average a range of 375 km is desired. Bigger batteries will lead to better use of charging infrastructure. Fast charging is considered important for longer trips but not as a replacement for chargers at parking locations. Smart charging is well received - as long as the user stays in control - which bodes well for the synergy between EVs and the renewable electricity grid.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
Event30th International Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exhibition (EVS 2017) - Stuttgart, Germany
Duration: 9 Oct 201711 Oct 2017
Conference number: 30


Conference30th International Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exhibition (EVS 2017)
Abbreviated titleEVS 2017
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  • Charging behaviour
  • Electric mobility
  • Electric vehicles
  • User behaviour
  • User expectations


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