Inter-niche competition on ice? Socio-technical drivers, benefits and barriers of the electric vehicle transition in Iceland

Lin, Xiao and Sovacool, Benjamin K (2020) Inter-niche competition on ice? Socio-technical drivers, benefits and barriers of the electric vehicle transition in Iceland. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 35. pp. 1-20. ISSN 2210-4224

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Abstract

This paper investigates the drivers, benefits and barriers of battery electric vehicle (BEV) development and an ongoing BEV transition in Iceland from a sociotechnical perspective. We focus on the following research questions: 1) What are the most promising driving forces behind BEV growth? 2) Why are BEVs restricted mostly to the niche level? 3) What are the possible opportunities for BEV future development? and 4) How viable are BEVs as a solution to harnessing low-carbon renewable sources in Iceland? The study uses original qualitative data comprising 29 research interviews involving experts from a wide range of sectors. The conceptual framework of multi-mode interaction, or “inter-niche competition”, is incorporated into the MLP to illustrate the interaction between BEVs and other technologies, in particular, plugin hybrid electric vehicles. We find that BEVs may take de-alignment and re-alignment pathway or reconfiguration pathway depending on the multi-technology interaction modes.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: electric mobility, Iceland, Multi-Level Perspective, sociotechnical transitions, inter-niche competition, multi-mode interaction
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Depositing User: Francisco Dominguez
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2020 08:54
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2020 15:45
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/89648

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