2017 California Vehicle Survey

The 2017 California Vehicle Survey of residential and commercial light-duty fleet owners in California assessed consumer preferences for vehicles and included a targeted sample of plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) owners.

Data Collection Agency

The California Energy Commission conducted the survey.


In addition to economic and demographic data, the survey integrated light-duty vehicle holding and use information with vehicle choice data collected via the stated preferences survey's set of eight vehicle and fuel type choice exercises. The PEV owner survey participants provided additional data on charging behavior, electricity rates, and their main motivations for purchasing PEVs.

Survey Records

Survey records include a total of 5,326 participants.

More Information

For more information, refer to the California Energy Commission’s survey report and appendix or contact Aniss Bahreinian at 916-653-0381.

Transportation Data

This data set contains data from 3,614 completed residential surveys and 1,712 completed commercial surveys, including a total of 599 completed PEV owner surveys between the two market segments. Responses from the stated vehicle attribute preference portion of the survey were added in December 2018. For details on available data and variable definitions, see the data dictionary and data definitions.

Transportation data are available as zipped files. Download Winzip.

Full Survey Data

(excluding any GPS)


For the study's latitude and longitude data, learn how to access the spatial data.

How To Cite the Data

If you use TSDC data in a publication, please contact us and include a citation in your publication consistent with the following format:

"Transportation Secure Data Center." ([YEAR]). National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Accessed [DATE]: www.nrel.gov/tsdc.

Related Data

Also see the California Vehicle Survey for 2013 and 2019.