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Electric Vehicles, Perspectives from a Non-User

The uptake of electric road vehicles is a significant transformation and move towards sustainability in the field of transportation, however, drivers’ concerns relating to battery performance has given rise a new form of driver stress.  This is termed Range Anxiety (RA) and is considered to be a significant barrier to the uptake of this emerging technology.  As someone who has not adopted this new technology, it is hoped to gain insights into your views on electric vehicles and their operation.  All data will be anonymised and stored under secure conditions on an encrypted database at the University of Southampton.  At the end of the survey you will have the option to leave your email address if you wish to be entered into a prize draw to win a £50 Amazon voucher.  If you have any questions, or would like to be informed of the results of the study, please do not hestitate to contact the lead researcher at r.deacon.ac.uk.  Your participation is greatly appreciated. 

Participant Information

Study Title: Electric vehicles, a Non-Drivers Perspective

Researcher: Richard Deacon

ERGO number: 28630                                                                       

Please read this information carefully before deciding to take part in this research.  It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you are happy to participate you will be asked to sign a consent form.

What is the research about?

This research is investigating the barriers to the uptake of battery electric vehicles, in particular the phenomenon known as range Anxiety. This is a state of anxiety caused by the fear of running out of battery charge and being left stranded in your vehicle.

Why have I been asked to participate?

You have been asked to participate because you do not currently use an electric vehicle.

What will happen to me if I take part?

Your participation will involve a short questionnaire aimed at specific aspects of the operation of battery electric vehicles.

Are there any benefits in my taking part?

In the long term, you may well benefit from information obtained from this research, however in the short term you will be helping to support a growing body of knowledge within this field of research.

Are there any risks involved?

There are no personal physical risks involved in this research, there is however, the potential for you becoming bored, at which point you are free to terminate your participation.

Will my participation be confidential?

All data will be anonymised and stored on an encrypted, secure database on a University computer.

What should I do if I want to take part?

In order to participate in this study, you will need to read and sign the consent form.

What happens if I change my mind?

You have the right to withdraw from this research at any time without the need to give any reason at all, your participation is wholly voluntary.  

What will happen to the results of the research?

The information gathered from this research will be used to compile a research report that will be disseminated via appropriate channels.

Where can I get more information?

If you require any further information regarding this research please contact the lead researcher; Richard deacon by email r.deacon@soton.ac.uk or by phone on 02380 592357

What happens if something goes wrong?

In the unlikely case of concern or complaint, please contact the Research Integrity and Governance Manager (023 8059 5058, rgoinfo@soton.ac.uk).

Thank you.

Thank you for taking the time to read the information sheet and considering taking part in the research.