Engineers and regulators envision a future where gasoline and diesel engines are replaced by plug-in electric vehicles. Although transport electrification is often framed as a policy of environmental protection or energy security, policy analyst Dean Graham from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) will make the case that electrification is also an industrial strategy employed by jurisdictions – California and China, for example – that seek to capture the economic prosperity that a robust, export-oriented automotive industry can supply. But missing from much of the big-picture social engineering is a basic practical concern: Do ordinary consumers want to purchase and use plug-in electric vehicles?
Tuesday, 13 February at 2 pm.
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam, Helmholtzstraße 5, Canteen.
30-minute lecture followed by a 30-minute discussion.