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Electric Car Cultures: An ethnography of the everyday use of electric vehicles in the UK

BRADY, JOANNE (2010) Electric Car Cultures: An ethnography of the everyday use of electric vehicles in the UK. Masters thesis, Durham University.

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This study uses ethnographic methods to study drivers of electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK to add a user perspective to current knowledge of the developing technology of EVs. EVs have had a revival in popularity since their near extinction in the early twentieth century. There is interest from support industries in how a further resurgence in popularity will affect demand for support services, and how increased EV use could re-shape the infrastructure and the landscapes that have been written by decades of combustion-engine vehicle use. Some ethnographic studies of EV drivers have been done, although these are small in number and on a limited scale. This study will look closely at a number of UK based EV drivers and their households, and use ethnographic methods to document patterns of use and driving styles, as well as discuss the attitudes and values of current EV drivers. EV drivers today are an informal collective of innovators and early adopters who form communities to facilitate social learning, and this forming of, and use of networks will be explored. This study will provide an insight into how EV drivers use their EVs on an everyday basis, and find out if there are any problems which EV drivers currently face, which need to be addressed before EVs can become a mass market product.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Award:Master of Arts
Keywords:Electric vehicles, electric cars, technology, eco-lifestyles
Faculty and Department:Faculty of Social Sciences and Health > Anthropology, Department of
Thesis Date:2010
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:20 Apr 2011 11:22

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