32.1 Electric vehicles are here to stay! The role of design as interface between user and technology

Satish Kumar Beella , Delft Design Institiute, Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands
Sacha Silvester , Delft Design Institiute, Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands
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  • Electric vehicle motor has past of nearly 160 years. Electric vehicles (EV) were never matured when compared to internal combustion engines. EVs were always there but in their own limited capacity. Issues such as insufficient infrastructure and lack of support from auto industry delayed the EV for too long. The present situation of congestion and emissions presses the need for clean vehicles and use of alternative energy sources. There are different competitors come along the way such as bio based fuels and hydrogen. Still EVs and plug-in hybrids are seen as promising solutions for near future. This is the time to say that EVs are here to stay and this paper gives examples to illustrate the role of design to do so. The EVs have its own advantages and disadvantages. The aspects such as power and range of EVs are still in development. In mean time it is a best solution for congested urban areas which is efficient in energy usage and local emission free. In comparison to state of the art systems of transportation, EVs can use their advantages to come up with new ownerships and advanced infrastructures. In these kinds of settings special purpose vehicles niche vehicles could play an important role to lead mobility into service based sustainable system. This paper tries to explore the ways in which design can play as an interface between consumer and technology. And also focuses on how different niche vehicles and portable solutions can play a role in stimulating the use of EVs.