Document Type



This work was created as fulfillment of the final senior thesis requirement of the Bryant University Honors Program

First Faculty Advisor

Rick Gorvett

Second Faculty Advisor

Laura Kohl


electric vehicles; cars; ev adoption


Bryant University

Rights Management



Electric vehicles (EVs) arguably are the most quickly expanding form of transportation as the world races toward a greener future with advanced technology and reduced reliance on fossil fuels. This study analyzes various expected inputs to motivating consumers of particular age groups to purchase EVs, including examination of how the idea of EV ownership is currently perceived and testing which factors influence it positively and negatively. Data collected from 113 survey respondents serves as the basis for determining the responsiveness of potential future EV owners to variables such as vehicle brand and charging availability, electric range, costs associated with purchase and ownership, and other related hypotheticals. Analysis of proportions, followed by chi-squared hypothesis testing contributes to conclusions of how open college-aged and non-college-aged buyers are to these environmentally friendly vehicles, as well as what the key drivers of their encouragement or reluctance are.