Investigating EV Driving as Meaningful Practice

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Studies show that people find meanings such as freedom and independence in driving. However, the transition towards electric vehicles (EV's) challenges these meanings as they present different driving experiences such as shorter driving range and missing supportive infrastructures. This suggests that people find other meaning in EV driving. This paper presents a qualitative study with 11 Danish participants who reflect on their experiences of driving EV's in everyday life. As driving is embedded in many practices along with being a practice in itself, we draw on social practice theory as a framework to unfold how participants make use of technology to make EV driving a meaningful and desirable practice. We report on how participants facilitate their driving practices using interactive technology and charging infrastructure. We discuss these findings under three headings with ideas to inspire future HCI research and design for meaningful, sustainable EV driving practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 31st Australian Conference on Human-Computer-Interaction, OzCHI 2019 : OzCHI '19
Number of pages11
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date2 Dec 2019
ISBN (Electronic)9781450376969
Publication statusPublished - 2 Dec 2019
Event31th Australian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction - Perth/Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia, Perth/Fremantle, Australia
Duration: 3 Dec 20195 Dec 2019
Conference number: 31


Conference31th Australian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction
LocationPerth/Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia
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  • Electric vehicles
  • Mobility
  • Practices
  • Sustainability


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