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Title: Consumer Views: Importance of Fuel Economy

Abstract

This presentation includes data captured by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to support the U.S. Department of Energy's Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) research efforts. The data capture consumer views on the importance of fuel economy amongst other vehicle attributes and views on which alternative fuel types would be the best and worst replacements for gasoline.

Authors:
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  1. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Vehicle Technologies Office (EE-3V)
OSTI Identifier:
1357414
Report Number(s):
NREL/PR-5400-68200
DOE Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
33 ADVANCED PROPULSION SYSTEMS; fuel economy; alternative fuel vehicles; AFV; vehicle; consumer preference; ethanol; hydrogen; natural gas; electricity; plug-in electric vehicles; PEV; plug-in hybrid electric vehicles; PHEV

Citation Formats

Singer, Mark. Consumer Views: Importance of Fuel Economy. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.2172/1357414.
Singer, Mark. Consumer Views: Importance of Fuel Economy. United States. doi:10.2172/1357414.
Singer, Mark. Tue . "Consumer Views: Importance of Fuel Economy". United States. doi:10.2172/1357414. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1357414.
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  • This presentation includes data captured by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to support the U.S. Department of Energy's Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) research efforts. The data capture consumer views on fuel economy, plug-in electric vehicle battery range, and willingness to pay for advanced vehicle technologies.
  • The following appendices are included: guidance on allocation of Rennie Task 11 work effort; market penetration of vehicle fuel efficient technologies; automotive industry interviews; manufacturers' perceptions - tire and oil companies; recalibration of earlier survey on automotive consumer awareness, use, and evaluation of government published fuel economy information; awareness of performance characteristics of automotive technologies; report on findings from first three focus groups; report on findings from second wave of focus groups; and report on findings from interviews with dealer sales managers; fuel economy information tolerance and cross sourcing; summary of findings from focus groups and dealer interviews; and assessmentmore » of the federal fuel economy information program.« less
  • Historical information on the Federal Fuel Energy Information Program and recent changes recommended for that program is provided. The information sources used in the study are outlined and the objectives are identified. An interpretation of that data that focuses on three subject areas is provided. These areas are: the Federal Fuel Economy Program, the value of fuel efficient technologies and related information in the new vehicle purchasing decision, and use of fuel efficient tires and oils in the aftermarket. (MHR)
  • This report has been assembled to provide the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) with an idea of how the American public views various transportation, energy, and environmental issues. The data presented in this report have been drawn from multiple sources: surveys conducted by the Opinion Research Corporation (ORC) for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) that are commissioned and funded by EERE, Gallup polls, news organization polls, surveys conducted by independent groups and academic institutions, and other sources.
  • Vehicle manufacturers, U.S. Department of Energy laboratories, universities, private researchers, and organizations from countries around the globe are pursuing advanced vehicle technologies that aim to reduce gasoline and diesel consumption. This report details study findings of broad American public sentiments toward issues surrounding advanced vehicle technologies and is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy Vehicle Technology Office (VTO) in alignment with its mission to develop and deploy these technologies to improve energy security, increase mobility flexibility, reduce transportation costs, and increase environmental sustainability. Understanding and tracking consumer sentiments can influence the prioritization of development efforts by identifying barriers tomore » and opportunities for broad acceptance of new technologies. Predicting consumer behavior toward developing technologies and products is inherently inexact. A person's stated preference given in an interview about a hypothetical setting may not match the preference that is demonstrated in an actual situation. This difference makes tracking actual consumer actions ultimately more valuable in understanding potential behavior. However, when developing technologies are not yet available and actual behaviors cannot be tracked, stated preferences provide some insight into how consumers may react in new circumstances. In this context this report provides an additional source to validate data and a new resource when no data are available. This report covers study data captured from December 2005 through June 2015 relevant to VTO research efforts at the time of the studies. Broadly the report covers respondent sentiments about vehicle fuel economy, future vehicle technology alternatives, ethanol as a vehicle fuel, plug-in electric vehicles, and willingness to pay for vehicle efficiency. This report represents a renewed effort to publicize study findings and make consumer sentiment data available to researchers, policy makers, and the public. Planned reports will follow detailing data from new studies targeting the primary challenges to and opportunities for advanced vehicle technology deployment. The effort continually refines study content to maintain and improve the relevance and validity of results.« less