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Smart Grid Seminar: Professor Jing Li, MIT, "Compatibility and Investment in the United States Electric Vehicle Market"

May 30, 2019 - 1:30pm
Y2E2 111

Abstract: Competing standards often proliferate in early stages of product markets and may lead to socially inefficient investment. This paper studies the effect of unifying three incompatible standards for charging electric vehicles in the U.S. from 2011 to 2015. I develop and estimate a structural model of vehicle demand and charging network investment to quantify the impact of a uniform charging standard. Variation in federal and state subsidies identify the demand elasticities. Counterfactual simulations show moving to a uniform charging standard increases consumer surplus by $500 million; car manufacturers build 2.8% fewer charging locations and sell 20.8% more electric vehicles.

Bio: Jing Li holds the inaugural William Barton Rogers Career Development Chair of Energy Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management. From 2017-2018, Jing Li was a Postdoctoral Associate of the MIT Energy Initiative. Jing's research interests lie in energy economics and industrial organization, focusingon development and adoption of new technologies. Her most recent work examines compatibility andinvestment in electric vehicle recharging networks in the United States, and cost pass-through in the E85 retail market. Jing received double B.Sc. degrees in Mathematics and Economics from MIT in 2011 and her Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard in 2017.

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