Final Abstract_ Junki Chae

For many years, the concept of electric and hybrid cars has been examined from both the technological and the ethical perspective. This presentation looks firstly at the ideological factors which influence research processes.

Next, we consider some of the research which has been carried out since the 1990s, and how this has given rise to changing perceptions of the electric vehicle and its performance and design as a art. Finally, we look at some current studies which indicate that it is possible to produce an efficient, durable hybrid vehicle at a lower cost than was previously assumed, which has positive implications for the integration of such vehicles into the mainstream market.

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