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I am doing a BA (hons) in Geography at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. I am currently doing my final year dissertation which is based on the public's perception of electric cars. Part of my research requires me to interview people who own an electric car and are (preferably) from the Glasgow area.

If anyone meets these criteria or knows of someone who might, I would appreciate it if you got in touch with me. The interview can be done over the phone, by email, or we could even meet for a quick coffee. The questions I will ask are based on your experience of owning an EV and how this compares to the public's perception of them.

If you would like to help me, and take part in my research then please get in touch.

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Danny McIntyre
 

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You might also speak to Transport Scotland. I found them very helpful and they could give guidance and be interested in your results!
 
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You might also speak to Transport Scotland. I found them very helpful and they could give guidance and be interested in your results!
Yes I plan on doing this as well. Could do with speaking to someone who deals with transport policy etc. Thanks for the suggestions, if there is anything else that you think might help just let me know. Cheers
 

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... if there is anything else that you think might help just let me know. Cheers
OK you've bitten-off a big chunk of analysis here and you need to be careful how you sample the public - if you want credible results.
There is a quote from Steve Jobs saying that "Dont ask people what they want, because they don't know what they want, until you give it to them'! It was probably referring to the IPod, which came from nowhere and, as we know, sold in billions - and reshaped the music industry!
The EV is not really working quite as well as the IPod and part of that is that people don't know what the want from an EV. They don't even know what questions to ask - and frankly no one even has the answers yet!
If you want to want to get coherent answers you may well have to create a scenario for them - to have any hopes of usable results.
In my view you need to look a 'sustainability of personal private transport' with dwindling petro-chemical resources? You could even create a context of a recently independent Scotland? If oil reserves are dwindling and the economic climate mitigates against gas/oil imports then the EV is a de facto solution? I suspect the Scottish Govt believes that you have great potential to be self sufficient using renewable energy - hence the very, very ambitious targets?
Finally a warning that will probably get me in deep trouble! That is the usability of data from current EV 'early adopters'. From insights I have had politicians prefer to ignore the opinions of 'early adopters'. There seems to be compelling evidence that shows that early adopters have a broad range of 'justifications' for buying an EV. I won't dare highlight them here - but put simply their motivations are quite different from the core of the population.
It's the inertia in the marketplace that is puzzling industry and Govt - so maybe your research can shed some light!
 

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Hi Danny,

I am on the southside of Glasgow and will become an EV driver very shortly.

I may not be ideal for your project as I do not even have my car yet but would be happy to chat. Whether that is before I start using my new car (Vauxhall Ampera due to be collected 29th of March) or after I have been driving it a while let me know.

Derek
 
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