Conference paper Open Access
Winjobi, Olumide; Kelly, Jarod
Reliable access to amenities and better-paying jobs can be an avenue to improve the social equity for low-income households. Compared to used internal combustion engine vehicles (ICEVs), used plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs ) have lower operating costs and lower initial purchase price retention (meaning that retained value of PEVs are lower than ICEVs and sell for relatively less as a used vehicle). These PEV may thus serve as a low-cost and low maintenance mode of transport for these low-income households. Zero tail-pipe emissions of PEVs also makes them an attractive option in mitigating emissions related to the transportation sector. Despite these potential benefits, some barriers such as the access of these households to charging infrastructure through public charging and awareness on the potential cost benefits of the electric drivetrain may need to be addressed to encourage the participation of low-income households in electric mobility.