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Harvesting green miles from my roof: an investigation into self-sufficient mobility with electric vehicles

Bourgeois, Jacky; Foell, Stefan; Kortuem, Gerd; Price, Blaine; van der Linden, Janet; Elbanhawy, Eiman and Rimmer, Christopher (2015). Harvesting green miles from my roof: an investigation into self-sufficient mobility with electric vehicles. In: 2015 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2015), 7-11 Sep 2015, Osaka, ACM, pp. 1065–1076.

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Electric vehicles are an increasingly attractive option for households to reduce carbon emissions, especially when they are powered by renewable energy. In this paper we report the results of an 18-month field trial investigating the desirability and feasibility of powering electric vehicles (EVs) with domestic solar electricity. Based on extensive collection of data from 7 households including over 75,000 miles of daily EV use, home electricity consumption and generation, and in-depth interviews with householders we develop a detailed understanding of what drives EV decisions in households, quantify to what extent our participating households currently power their EVs with solar electricity, and investigate how feasible the vision of “self-sustaining electric mobility” is. We use this understanding to draw implications for future research into supporting emerging practices of EV drivers.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 ACM
ISBN: 1-4503-3574-8, 978-1-4503-3574-4
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
MK:SMART, an integrated innovation and training programme leveraging large-scale city data to drive economic growth (Q-13-037-EM)H04HEFCE
Keywords: electric vehicle; sustainability; microgeneration; solar electricity; domestic charging; user study; data mining
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR)
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Item ID: 43874
Depositing User: Stefan Foell
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2015 09:15
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2020 12:44
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