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Why Not Now? The Electric Vehicle As a Vehicle of Tomorrow

Christiane Katz and Gijs Mom

Scholarship in the history of the electric vehicle has covered the first wave of enthusiasm in this alternative propulsion system well. On the basis of this scholarship, we find that this wave consisted of three generations: first, before 1905, a pioneering generation of electrified carriages; then a second generation from 1905 to 1920 of vehicles also derived from horse drawn technology but now equipped with a sophisticated lead-acid battery and, most of all, supported by a management system based upon subscriptions for batteries and tires in cents per kilometer; and finally, from the 1920s on, a generation of would-be petrol cars on which the electric propulsion was hidden, as a silent recognition of the victory of the petrol car.

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A Transformative Practice? Meaning, Competence, and Material Aspects of Driving Electric Cars in Norway

Marianne Ryghaug and Marit Toftaker

This article focuses on the introduction of electric vehicles in Norway and how electrical cars are understood culturally in relation to conventional car use. Theoretically, elements of social practice theory and the analysis of processes of domestication are combined to frame practical, cognitive, and symbolic dimensions of electric car use. The empirical data consists of individual and focus group interviews with electric car users. The analysis unpacks the implications of user-designated meaning in driving practices, competencies considered necessary when driving electric cars, and the material aspects regarded as critical features of electric car driving. Preliminary findings suggest that the practice of electric car driving alters user habits by making transportation needs more salient and raises both the technological and energy consumption awareness of users.

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Learning from Electric Cars as Socio-technical Mobility Experiments

Where Next?

Daniel Newman, Peter Wells, Paul Nieuwenhuis, Ceri Donovan, and Huw Davies

This article considers electric cars as socio-technical experiments in meeting mobility requirements. There have been numerous trials and government incentives to promote such vehicles, but with a notable lack of success. The article thus seeks to address an urgent need to understand such “transition failure,” which may ultimately impact upon how progress is measured in sociotechnical transitions. Presenting results from a recent research project, it is suggested that shared usage models hold greater potential for achieving sustainable personal mobility. It is concluded, however, that multiple niche experiments present a highly complex situation in which cumulative learning is problematic.

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Dreams and Parables of Sustainable Mobilities

Yi Fan Liu

The Iron Man-esque dreams of driverless electric vehicles (EVs), automated charging kiosks, and self-navigating and communicating systems are here. Big tech companies and governments have their own visions of how these shiny new vehicles and

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The Contribution of Car Sharing to the Sustainable Mobility Transition

Emma Terama, Juha Peltomaa, Catarina Rolim, and Patrícia Baptista

alternative. Potential Trends for the Future Several emerging technologies may support the growing popularity of car sharing. In the case of electric mobility, Europe is slowly taking up hybrid and electric vehicles, shifting from the use of

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Automobiles and Socioeconomic Sustainability

Do We Need a Mobility Bill of Rights?

Daniel Newman

on the planet that will impede the lives of future generations. 2 One of the main alternatives being pursued by governments around the world is electric vehicles. Indeed, the United Kingdom’s coalition administration committed £500 million to

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Germany's Energiewende at a Crossroads

Jonas Heering and Thane Gustafson

energy and emission reduction targets will require the transformation of the transport as well as the building and construction sectors. Yet key initiatives in these sectors, such as the rollout of electric vehicles under the government's plans to promote

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Getting Behind the Object We Love the Most

Cars: Accelerating the Modern World Victoria and Albert Museum

Robert Braun and Richard Randell

:// (accessed 19 July 2021). 18 Sujit Jain, Regional President Powertrain Solutions Bosch, “Influencing Trends for Electric Vehicles in North America” (North American International Auto Show, Detroit, 2019). 19 Richard Randell, “The Cathedrals of

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Theorizing Mobility Transitions

An Interdisciplinary Conversation

Cristina Temenos, Anna Nikolaeva, Tim Schwanen, Tim Cresswell, Frans Sengers, Matt Watson, and Mimi Sheller

. However, it is exactly that urgency that leads scholars, professionals, and activists to resort to ready-made solutions and seemingly universal strategies for reducing emissions like electric vehicles, bike sharing, and transit-oriented development. Across

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The Shifting Role of Climate Change in the 2021 Bundestag Election

Carol Hager

advocating a switch to electric vehicles. The fdp' s campaign was centered more on Christian Lindner, the party's leader, than on a specific policy platform. Perhaps most surprisingly, the Left Party focused heavily on linking climate and social policy in