The role of energy infrastructure in shaping early adoption of electric and gasoline cars

SND-ID: 2021-202

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Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Josef Taalbi - Lund University, Department of economic history orcid

Hana Nielsen - Lund University, Department of economic history orcid

Description

Electric vehicles have a potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions but still face challenges. This study asks what can be learned from US automobile history. In 1900 there were three equal contenders in the US automotive industry: gasoline, electric and steam cars. Only a decade later the gasoline car had achieved a crushing dominance. This dominance is often attributed to techno-economic factors, such as an innate inferiority of electric cars. Meanwhile, the role of infrastructures is not well understood. The research project examines the mechanisms behind this process, using information on more than 36,000 passenger car models. One result is that the slow diffusion of electricity infrastructure gave gasoline cars the upper hand.

Language

English

Research principal, contributors, and funding

Research principal

Lund University

Funding 1

  • Funding agency: Jan Wallander and Tom Hedelius foundation
  • Funding agency's reference number: W2015-0445

Funding 2

  • Funding agency: Jan Wallander and Tom Hedelius foundation
  • Funding agency's reference number: W2017-0025
Protection and ethical review

Data contains personal data

No

Method

Population

American personal vehicle models

Time Method

Sampling procedure

Total universe/Complete enumeration

Time period(s) investigated

1895–1942

Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: United States

Lowest geographic unit

Municipality

Highest geographic unit

Country

Topic and keywords

Subject area

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, SOCIETY AND CULTURE, HISTORY (CESSDA Topic Classification)
Economic History (The Swedish standard of fields of research 2011)

Publications

Taalbi, J.; Nielsen, H. (2021) The role of energy infrastructure in shaping early adoption of electric and gasoline cars, Nature Energy, doi: 10.1038/s41560-021-00898-3
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41560-021-00898-3

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The role of energy infrastructure in shaping early adoption of electric and gasoline cars

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Citation

Josef Taalbi, Hana Nielsen. Lund University, Department of economic history (2021). <em>The role of energy infrastructure in shaping early adoption of electric and gasoline cars</em>. Swedish National Data Service. Version 1. <a href="https://doi.org/10.5878/j8af-b705">https://doi.org/10.5878/j8af-b705</a>

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Data format / data structure

Numeric

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Josef Taalbi - Lund University, Department of economic history orcid

Hana Nielsen - Lund University, Department of economic history orcid

Time period(s) investigated

1895–1942

Data collection

  • Mode of collection: Transcription
  • Source of the data: Registers/Records/Accounts

License

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0)

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Published: 2021-08-19