Is the future of mobility electric? Learning from contested storylines of sustainable mobility in Iceland

Patrick Arthur Driscoll, Ásdis Hlökk Theodórsdóttir, Tim Richardson, Patience Mguni

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Abstract

Planning for sustainable mobility is a complex and demanding task and the knowledge of how to trade off multiple, often conflicting, goals is not entirely clear. One of the most contentious and confounding issues has been, and continues to be, the place of the automobile within the sustainable mobility paradigm.
The recent emergence of strong policy and planning support for the introduction of electric vehicles raises knotty questions as to whether or not this development will be complementary to or conflicting with other sustainable mobility planning goals, such as compact cities, restrictions on automobiles, promotion of walking and biking, and support for public transport. The results of a recent pilot study conducted in the Reykjavik city region suggest that electric vehicles may represent a continuation of the dominant transport engineering approach and may in fact draw scarce financial and institutional resources away from more pathbreaking measures such as efforts to create denser development patterns and promote non-motorised and public forms of transport.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Planning Studies
Volume20
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)627-639
Number of pages13
ISSN0965-4313
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Mar 2012

Keywords

  • Sustainable mobility
  • storyline
  • electric vehicles

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