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EV Research - Web resources

The "answers" are not always in a database!

Ask yourself Who Cares? about your topic and try to identify:

  • government agencies (e.g. the SEC or regulatory groups)
  • trade publications and associations
  • think tanks or consumer groups
  • and other possible resources, including company websites and investor relations.

Check the links to additional resources found by searching online for Electric Vehicles Global and (sales or market). Some of the sources are think tanks or research institutes, others are government agencies, trade organizations and advocacy groups - sprinkled with some ads for EVs :).


Company Sources

Don't forget to review a company's website for additional insights into the company. You can also find links to their Annual Report to Shareholders on their corporate website (usually--Look for an "Investors" section). The Annual Report is usually a .PDF with photos, updates about the company's past year and glimpses into their future plans and a Letter to Shareholders from the CEO. Some companies will also have a separate report related to their sustainability or Corporate Social Responsibility activities available on their website.


Check for bias!

Always consider the potential bias of a source (especially when the information comes directly from the company itself) and think about why it might skew one way or another. SIFT the info and/or use the CRAAP test:

  1. Currency: Is the source up to date?
  2. Relevance: Is the source relevant to your research?
  3. Authority: Where is the source published? Who is the author? ...
  4. Accuracy: Is the source supported by evidence? ...
  5. Purpose: What was the motive behind publishing this source?


Automotive industry research - Kresge Research Guide

Company directories and financial data

Search for articles about your company, industry, and more.

The databases below contain the full text of scholarly and trade journals, newspapers and more. Search on keywords related to your company or industry (e.g. Tesla or "electric vehicles") or add in a word like "consumers" or "trends" to see what you find. 

Multi-industry databases for EV market and consumer research

Automotive Industry Databases