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DOE National Lab and J.D Power Partner to Better Understand EV Market and Charging Infrastructure

July 28, 2023

DOE's Argonne National Laboratory has acquired access to new data sets from J.D. Power to help better understand electric vehicle adoption and charging behavior. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory announced today that it is partnering with J.D. Power to inform the development of more accessible and reliable charging networks and drive the widespread adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) throughout America. A global leader in consumer insights, advisory services, and data and analytics, J.D. Power will share its EV Index-SM to provide Argonne researchers with new data sets offering valuable insights into the rapidly growing EV market, as well as a deeper understanding of the EV charging consumer experience. Funded by the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation and the Vehicle Technologies Office, the new data sets will include detailed information on EV driver quantities; patterns of EV adoption; and the preferences, usage patterns; and the challenges of EV charging infrastructure users.

“Universally accessible, equitable, and reliable EV charging infrastructure is a cornerstone to widespread consumer adoption of EVs,” said Michael Berube, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Sustainable Transportation and Fuels in DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. “It is critical that we consistently evaluate detailed trends in the availability of public chargers, specific obstacles consumers face with the existing charging network, and regional variations in consumer demand to ensure resilient grid infrastructure, provide adequate EV charging capacity and coverage, and support access to EVs by all Americans.”

As the demand for EVs continues to rise, researchers and policymakers face the critical task of understanding consumer preferences, barriers to adoption, and charging experiences. This knowledge will help inform the development of a convenient and reliable national charging network, ultimately driving the widespread adoption of EVs.