The Electric Vehicle beyond Transport: Ideas for Features, Meanings and Services Related To Batteries on Wheels

Raphael Giesecke

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Abstract

This paper explores the potential meanings of a movable large scale battery, commonly called Battery Electric Vehicle (Battery EV). Relevant questions and ideas were collated through facilitated exchange of explicated and tacit knowledge, realized by individual essay preparation and a facilitated seminar workshop. Three additional classifications and clustering by the author lead to the following principal results: the EV as a power source and -buffer forms the foundation for most meanings beyond transport. EVs can act both in the context of “shelters” for individuals as well as “community vehicles” with a focus on, e.g., local renewable energy production integration and mobility as a service offers. Reduced to a simple product, EVs can also be designed to make sense in Third World environments. However, contrary to prevalent market rhetoric, many features associated to EVs, such as telematics, internet access, entertainment etc. will be – or are already – available also for combustion engine vehicles and thus do provide only necessary, but not unique added value to EVs. As a conclusion, EVs will gain larger market share from traditional vehicles only if they satisfy human needs beyond mobility.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEVER'12 Conference on Ecological Vehicles and Renewable Energies proceedings
Place of PublicationMonaco
Pages1-10
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 25 Mar 2012
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Ecological Vehicles and Renewable Energies - Monaco, Monaco
Duration: 22 Mar 201225 Mar 2012

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Ecological Vehicles and Renewable Energies
Abbreviated titleEVER
CountryMonaco
CityMonaco
Period22/03/201225/03/2012

Keywords

  • electrical vehicle
  • Energy storage
  • energy source
  • Battery electric vehicles

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