The Charging Patterns of Electric Vehicle Drivers
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von Bülow, Catharina Wolff1, Forfatter
Sebald, Alexander2, Vejleder
Kveiborg, Ole2, Vejleder
1Det Samfundsvidenskabelige Fakultet, Københavns Universitet, København, Danmark, diskurs:7001              
2Økonomisk Institut, Det Samfundsvidenskabelige Fakultet, Københavns Universitet, København, Danmark, diskurs:7014              
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Ukontrollerede emneord: experimental economics, electric vehicles, optimal strategies
 Abstract: The thesis strives to shed light on the behavior of electric vehicle drivers. An economic experiment that draws from decision theory, game theory and expected value theory is designed to provide a structure that facilitates the observation of their charging and driving choices, in the context of charging convenience, complex peak periods management and mobility. The experiment is a field framed economic experiment conducted in the laboratory with electric vehicle test drivers. It elicits their choices under various contractual frameworks that differ in charging method and price. The chief reason for the experimental method is that it enables the observation of the behavior of real electric vehicle drivers motivated by real economic incentives under a controlled environment. In the experiment, the test driver, the subject, goes through a journey, which simulates a typical day. Each journey constitutes of a sequence of events. Some of the choice events are random, and there is a probability attached to them. As the journey progresses, the battery level gradually decreases. Throughout a journey, the subject may be presented with various charging possibilities at different costs. Each of these journeys is repeated five times to make up a phase. The experiment comprises four phases. In the first three phases, the subject is presented with a different contract in each phase. This may be the Fixed, Block or Controlled contract. These differ in price structure and domestic charging method. After having tried all contracts, the last phase concludes the session by giving the subject the choice between the three. The subjects are economically incentivized; the data generated by their observed behavior provides reliable information with regard to the contract choice and charging behavior given the contracts. Thus, it facilitates the answers to various research questions. The main research question is whether electric vehicle drivers exhibit optimal charging and driving patterns in any given contract. The next research question is, whether they abide by specific decision rules, dependent on whether they have an optimistic or pessimistic view. The next questions look at how charging patterns are related to risk attitude, pre-commitment and flexibility. The findings in general give an indication of charging patterns displayed by electric vehicle drivers, and despite a low participation rate, the methodological approach of using a laboratory experiment, does achieve the collection of observations that can afford tentative conclusions. These can be used to indicate interesting questions in the context of further research.
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Sprog: English - eng
 Datoer: 2012-12-07
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 Publiceringsinfo: København : Københavns Universitet
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