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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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Automobiles and Socioeconomic Sustainability

Do We Need a Mobility Bill of Rights?

Daniel Newman

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 encourage

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

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 traditional internal combustion

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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

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 the globe these and other

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Organic Vehicles and Passengers

The Tsetse Fly as Transient Analytical Workspace

Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga

: University of California Press, 1977); Gijs Mom, The Electric Vehicle (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004); Tim Creswell, On the Move: Mobility in the Modern Western World (London: Routledge, 2006); Joseph Amato, On Foot: A History of

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Franco Ruzzenenti and Aleksandra Wagner

solutions that are meant to reinforce the existing economic paradigm, so narratives emerge that promote electric vehicles rather than new forms of mobility. The hegemonic discourse thus does not eliminate antagonisms but instead enters into a specific

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Media Ecologies of Autonomous Automobility

Gendered and Racial Dimensions of Future Concept Cars

Julia M. Hildebrand and Mimi Sheller

autonomous driving and zero-emission electric vehicles: the Nissan IDS Concept car. Equipped with two different driving modes, Piloted Drive and Manual Drive, the sleek self-driving car presents the first step toward a safer and cleaner driving experience

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Fuelling Capture: Africa's Energy Frontiers

Michael Degani, Brenda Chalfin, and Jamie Cross

turbines capture the North Sea's squalls and gales, producing more renewable energy than the islands can use or export, and catalysing all manner of experimentation in ancillary storage via electric vehicles, ‘grid batteries’ and hydrogen fuel cells. Energy