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Mar 9 -- The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (OST-R), DOT, invites comments by May 5, 2023 regarding a new information collection related to the nation's Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs). The information collected will be used to produce national statistics on the characteristics and uses of BEVs.

The BTS, with its partners, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is planning to conduct the first Electric Vehicle Inventory and Use Survey (eVIUS).

Every 5 years from 1962 to 2002, as a part of the Economic Census, the U.S. Census Bureau conducted the Truck Inventory and Use Survey (TIUS), which was renamed the Vehicle Inventory and Use Survey (VIUS) in 1997. The survey was conducted to better understand the characterizes and use of trucks on our nation's roads. Since its inception, the survey has been used to guide investments in the nation's infrastructure, conduct size and weight studies, track changes in vehicle technologies, and more. In 2022, the BTS, in partnership with the US Census Bureau, FHWA, and DOE, conducted the 2021 VIUS, the first VIUS in almost two decades. The survey scope was inclusive of all Class 1-8 trucks.

As the pace of electric vehicles increases on the nation's roadways, to aid public planning for future transportation systems and infrastructure investments, BTS is planning to conduct an electric vehicle specific VIUS to better understand the characteristics and uses of battery electric vehicles, with an expanded scope of vehicle types to include passenger cars and buses. The data collection will be administered to a national sample of battery electric vehicle owners. The sample will be stratified on the vehicle registration state and the class size of the vehicle. The survey will request the respondents to provide information such as: Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) over the past 12 months, the average VMT in a typical trip, the type of vehicle owner (personal, commercial, lessee), the number of other vehicles owned in the household, charging behaviors, and type of use. The survey will be limited to 10 questions and the data collection period will be limited to 12-weeks to ensure timely results.

The target population for the survey will be all registered battery electric vehicle owners in the U.S. The respondents will be sampled proportionally by registration state and Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) class size.
2021 VIUS: https://www.bts.gov/vius
BTS invites AEA members to propose eVIUS survey questions. Ryan Grube, eVIUS Program Manager at ryan.grube@dot.gov or (202) 734-1569
FRN: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2023-04812

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