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Electric cars in the rural context: developments in Wales

Newman, Daniel ORCID:, Wells, Peter Erskine ORCID: and Nieuwenhuis, Paul Andre Henri Francois 2014. Electric cars in the rural context: developments in Wales. The Journal of Sustainable Mobility 1 (1) , pp. 65-82. 10.9774/GLEAF.2350.2014.00007

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This paper considers the transition from internal combustion engine cars toward electric cars, deploying case studies of the use of these vehicles within the UK. It uses socio-technical transitions theory to highlight how such new technologies break through from disparate niches into the mainstream. At the present time, perhaps academic and policy focus appears to be placed upon the prospect of electric cars fulfilling an urban nicheas city cars, largely in recognition of their limited range. In contrast, the paper uses a case study of various electric car applications in the Welsh countryside to suggest that existing rural niches may offer beneficial insights into the use of the technology. The paper concludes with the contention that more attention should be given to electric cars in rural settings, with a need for future research to explore the little heralded potential that seems to be promised by such niches.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
ISSN: 2053-2350
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2022 08:37

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