The economics of workplace charging

Fetene, Gebeyehu M., Hirte, Georg, Kaplan, Sigal,, Prato, Carlo G. and Tscharaktschiew, Stefan (2016) The economics of workplace charging. Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, 88 93-118. doi:10.1016/j.trb.2016.03.004

Author Fetene, Gebeyehu M.
Hirte, Georg
Kaplan, Sigal,
Prato, Carlo G.
Tscharaktschiew, Stefan
Title The economics of workplace charging
Journal name Transportation Research Part B: Methodological   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0191-2615
Publication date 2016-06-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.trb.2016.03.004
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 88
Start page 93
End page 118
Total pages 26
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract To overcome the range-anxiety problem and further shortcomings associated with electric vehicles, workplace charging (WPC) is gaining increasing attention. We propose a microeconomic model of WPC and use the approach to shed light on the incentives and barriers employees and employers face when deciding on demand for and supply of WPC. It is shown that under market conditions there is no WPC contract an employer is willing to offer and at the same time the majority of employees is willing to accept. To overcome the lack of demand or underprovision of WPC we discuss various ‘remedies’, involving subsidies to charging facility costs and adjustments in electricity tariffs or loading technologies. We find that direct subsidies to WPC facilities or subsidies combined with specific energy price policies could be a way to foster WPC provision. In contrast measures on the employee side that may help to stimulate the demand for WPC turn out to be less feasible. Hence, our results suggest that in order to promote WPC it is more promising to support employers in offering WPC contracts than to provide employees an incentive to accept WPC contracts. The study therefore gives a rationale for public initiatives being undertaken to boost WPC provision, as e.g. in the case of the US.
Keyword Electric vehicle
Workplace charging
Fringe benefit
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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