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Bachelor of Arts



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Julio Garín

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This paper studies a number of factors that affect electric vehicle (EV) sales in California. In comparison to previous papers, this paper examines EV sales at a higher granularity by using zip code level data. My model utilizes a panel fixed effect to examine factors like income, energy prices, commute time, number of chargers and tax rebates. The results show that the number of chargers (specifically DC fast), commute time, and tax rebates have the greatest statistically significant effects on EV sales in California. Furthermore, I utilize an empirical specification - a conditional logit model accounting for zip code fixed effects - to observe the probability of an EV sale and obtain findings similar to the OLS regression. While my findings are consistent with past literature on EVs, my conclusions are only applicable to California.