Household vehicle holding decisions in response to life cycle events

Gaofeng Gu (Corresponding author), Dujuan Yang, Tao Feng, Harry Timmermans

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People choose a new mobility tool when their mobility needs of change or their current vehicle need replacement. Changes in mobility needs may be triggered by life events. A life event triggers households to reconsider their current vehicle holdings and leads them to change their vehicle holdings if the changing demand makes a changed desirable. Electric cars and car sharing provide new options, which deserve studying in the context of sustainable transport and energy consumption. In the context of re-assessing mobility needs, it is important to better understand the process that leads households to purchase an electric car as a replacement or supplement of their current vehicle, or to join car-sharing. To investigate this decision-making process, a stated choice experiment was designed. This paper reports the results of a mixed logit model, which was estimated to assess the degree of heterogeneity among households in their preferences for vehicle purchase and replacement decisions as a function of life events.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-178
Number of pages8
JournalTransportation Research Procedia
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jan 2019
Event21st EURO Working Group on Transportation Meeting, EWGT 2018 - Technische Universitat Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany
Duration: 17 Sept 201819 Sept 2018


  • Car sharing
  • Electric bikes
  • Electric cars
  • Mixed logit model


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