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The history of alternative fuels in transportation: The case of electric and hybrid cars

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The article describes and presents a critical analysis of the long history of alternative fuels and propulsion technologies, particularly in automobile applications. Cases are electric and hybrid cars. The term "critical analysis" refers to the analysis of the various alternative technologies in relation to their societal contexts. In particular, these are the varying contexts of energy security, energy policy, environmental problems, sustainability, and also the later more explicit climate change context. This approach gives some knowledge with relevance to the current discussions on implementation issues. The work is first of all founded on the knowledge field of "Social Studies of Technological Systems".

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  • Høyer, Karl Georg, 2008. "The history of alternative fuels in transportation: The case of electric and hybrid cars," Utilities Policy, Elsevier, vol. 16(2), pages 63-71, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:juipol:v:16:y:2008:i:2:p:63-71
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    1. Callon, M., 1980. "The state and technical innovation: a case study of the electrical vehicle in France," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 9(4), pages 358-376, October.
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    1. Shepherd, Simon & Bonsall, Peter & Harrison, Gillian, 2012. "Factors affecting future demand for electric vehicles: A model based study," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 20(C), pages 62-74.
    2. Sauer, Ildo L. & Escobar, Javier F. & da Silva, Mauro F.P. & Meza, Carlos G. & Centurion, Carlos & Goldemberg, José, 2015. "Bolivia and Paraguay: A beacon for sustainable electric mobility?," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 51(C), pages 910-925.
    3. Teixeira, Ana Carolina Rodrigues & Sodré, José Ricardo, 2016. "Simulation of the impacts on carbon dioxide emissions from replacement of a conventional Brazilian taxi fleet by electric vehicles," Energy, Elsevier, vol. 115(P3), pages 1617-1622.

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