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Gerardo Zarazua de Rubens

Between hope, hype, and hell: Electric mobility and the interplay of fear and desire in sustainability transitions

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Between hope, hype, and hell : Electric mobility and the interplay of fear and desire in sustainability transitions. / Kester, Johannes; Sovacool, Benjamin K.; Noel, Lance; Zarazua de Rubens, Gerardo.

In: Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, Vol. 35, 2020, p. 88-102.

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Kester, Johannes ; Sovacool, Benjamin K. ; Noel, Lance ; Zarazua de Rubens, Gerardo. / Between hope, hype, and hell : Electric mobility and the interplay of fear and desire in sustainability transitions. In: Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions. 2020 ; Vol. 35. pp. 88-102.

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