Plug-in hybrid automobiles are in such a position and are potential of prolonged driving in an electrical mode with electricity charged from the grid or the utilization of fossil fuel in an internal combustion engine.
The Institute of Transport Economics currently organized a survey among almost 8000 vehicle owners in Norway. It reveals that plug-in hybrids drive electrically with power supported from the grid around 55% of the time. Battery operated automobile owners are better, younger, possess a number of children and can travel much longer distance to work as compared to other vehicle owners.
Figure 1: Plugin electric vehicle
Normally gasoline and diesel vehicles are substituted when purchasing a battery electric vehicle, but a bigger proportion of battery electric automobiles become additional vehicles in households. Such owners could belong to age criteria and family structure where such behaviour is popular or symbolize a budding rebound effect.
Such vehicles are mainly supplied power at home, partially at work and rarely at any other place. Due to their fast charging mechanism, it is possible to charge these automobiles in very less time than one could even think. There is also a fast charging feature offered in these vehicles that have been provided to use under special circumstances when the user is expected to come out of a problem. It seems that such vehicles are cost-effective than another regular type of automobiles moving on the roads. It is because their consumption of fuel is less while their overall output is extremely high.
As a result, researchers have also found out that people who own such vehicles are able to manage their everyday life with ease. They are completely satisfied with the performance of their vehicles and with attractive incentives that accompany these automobiles, which are not offered with other vehicles to users. It is also a reason supporting the fact that why battery operated vehicles, and plug-in hybrids do not compete for the same type of customers.
Peer-to-peer influences are specifically vital to diffusion of vehicles that are battery operated and it is the biggest source of data resulting in the purchase of these types of automobiles. Plug-in hybrids purchasers obtain most of the information resulting in the buying of such products from advertising material and dealers.
Conclusion – No such information was present or was available till the conduct of this survey on the utility and benefits of plug-in hybrids in Norway. Although, a similar sort of survey was also organized in the region on battery operated vehicles, but now with the results obtained from this survey it has been possible to analyse the effects and results of using battery operated vehicles. A similar survey is expected to be conducted in various other regions across the world.