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Tools of the future, anxiety of the past? Looking at the influence of an eco-feedback display on range anxiety within a simulated electric vehicle

Jansen, D. (2021) Tools of the future, anxiety of the past? Looking at the influence of an eco-feedback display on range anxiety within a simulated electric vehicle.

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Abstract:While the range of electric vehicles (EVs) has steadily increased over time, range anxiety remains an issue commonly experienced by drivers. Range anxiety can be described as the fear to become stranded due to an empty battery. This anxiety is influenced by the user’s ability to cope with range anxiety inducing situations, their preferred amount of range when going for a drive, and the resources they have available to increase their range. A way to increase the drivers’ coping skills is by encouraging their eco-driving behavior. Eco-driving behavior encompasses the behaviors that prolong range, these behaviors include driving slowly, using stop and go driving to utilize the EVs regenerative braking, and accelerating moderately. Encouraging this behavior can be done using an eco-feedback display that informs the driver of how efficiently they are driving. To study the effect of such a display on range anxiety participants underwent four conditions. Each participant underwent a high and a low range anxiety condition, first with the eco-feedback display present and afterwards without the eco-feedback display. Each condition was followed by a questionnaire from which the resulting range anxiety scores, range buffer values, and driving style indicators were examined. An analysis of variance showed that the eco-feedback display had no effect on the experienced range anxiety.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/87588
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