Category Analysis

Your category is narrowly defined at electric vehicles, but it is also helpful to have an overall understanding of the automobile industry.  The industry reports found in the following databases will give you the necessary background.

You can find additional research reports by searching for relevant keywords ("electric vehicles, EV, Hybrid Electric Vehicle, HEV or Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle PHEV) in databases such as ABI Inform, Business Source Premier and limiting to industry or market research reports.

Quality free web sources related to electric vehicles can be found here:

UC Davis Plug-In Hybrid & Electric Vehicles

International Energy Agency Global EV Outlook  Search for related literature published by IEA too!

Accenture Electric Vehicle Challenge

Alternative Fuels Data Center

Electric Power Research Institute

  NetAdvantage (Standard & Poor's Capital IQ)
Check out the industry survey tab for automobiles.

Provides access to U.S. and global industry market research reports.

  Lexis-Nexis Market & Industry Reports
Features BMI, Canadean, IDC, and Hoover industry profiles.

  D&B Hoovers
Offers public and private company and industry information including company profiles, market research reports from Marketline, Freedonia, Euromonitor, and RMA updated with recent news, executive profiles, and analyst reports.

Competitor Analysis

The first step in the competitor analysis is to choose relevant competitors.  The industry reports and news you've accessed in the category analysis should provide insight into firms competing in your defined market. In this instance identify the manufacturers in the EV market.

Once you have identified potential competitors reading company profiles and reports (see this of databases below) will be helpful.  Don't neglect looking over 10K's or annual reports for public companies. Passport Euromonitor has company profiles by business segment or category. 

Just as you updated industry reports with news, do so for the competitor analysis.

  Morningstar Investment Research Center

  MarketLine Company Profiles (EBSCO)

  D&B Hoovers

  NetAdvantage (Standard & Poor's Capital IQ)

  Mergent Online  Limitations on Use

Customer Analysis

Market research reports are rich sources for understanding consumer behavior around product categories.  Mintel and are particularly useful for understanding target customers such as mothers, millennials or boomers.

MRI+ National Consumer Survey is not strong on psychographic data but it does provide reliable demographic and media consumption attributes for consumers. 

Scholarly research (discoverable through ABI Inform, Business Source Premier & PsycInfo)  on "consumer behavior" "consumer attitudes" purchasing or "decision making" may not always be timely but it is typically reliable. 

If you use market research found on the free web, do due diligence to make sure the research is high quality.  You can use some well recognized social science research organizations such as Pew as a model.

ESRI (contact for access) offers demographic data and a proprietary market segmentation scheme called Tapestry.

Mintel Databook Hybrid & Electric Cars

Mintel Hybrid & Electric Cars Infographic

  ESRI Business Analyst Online  Access Instructions

  PsycARTICLES (ProQuest)


  Pew Research Center Academic  Limitations on Use

  Mintel Insights & Analytics  Limitations on Use

Marketing Plan

Crafting an integrated marketing plan is primarily a creative project.  Nontheless, expect to be able to defend your marketing recommendations by referring to studies and cases evaluating similar techniques.  You can find "how to", practitioner advice and rigerous reseach on marketing topics in books and articles discoverable in the following databases

 Marketing Plan

Ad$pender (Kantar Media)
Creates custom reports on advertising expenditures across twelve media channels including TV, cable, magazines, newspapers, radio, and outdoor and internet displays on the level of industries, categories, brands, products, and advertisers going back to 2007.

Falvey Book Search

Offers information on global advertising and marketing trends including case studies, articles, reports, opinion pieces, and expenditure data. Formerly known as World Advertising Research Center.

Offers data and reports related to digital marketing. Topics include advertising spending, digital marketing, social media, media usage, e-commerce, email marketing, and device usage. Coverage is global.

Automotive Market News, Research & Associations

Just Auto

Automotive News

Wards Automotive Yearbook