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Urban, sub-urban or rural: where is the best place for electric vehicles?

Newman, Daniel ORCID:, Wells, Peter Erskine ORCID:, Donovan, Ceri, Nieuwenhuis, Paul Andre Henri Francois and Davies, Huw Charles ORCID: 2014. Urban, sub-urban or rural: where is the best place for electric vehicles? International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, 14 (3/4) , pp. 306-323. 10.1504/IJATM.2014.065295

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This paper critiques the assumption that an urban setting is the most appropriate for electric vehicles. In so doing, it questions the implementation of transitions theory and socio-technical experiments in the quest to establish electric vehicles as an alternative to the existing automobility regime. For vehicle owners and infrastructure providers alike, as with society generally, the benefits of electric vehicles are maximised when usage is most intense; a difficult situation to achieve in urban areas aside from light commercial delivery and service applications. Using case study information from electric vehicle trials under the ENEVATE research programme into users of such vehicles in North West Europe, it is concluded that more policy and research attention should be given to sub-urban and rural electric vehicle applications as promising niches from which wider socio-technical change may develop.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
Uncontrolled Keywords: electric vehicles; transitions theory; socio-technical experiments; urban; rural; transport policy; infrastructures.
Publisher: Inderscience Publishers
ISSN: 1470-9511
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2022 09:18

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