Light Electric Vehicles: Substitution and Future Uses

Kaarina Hyvönen, Juha Petteri Repo, Minna Lammi

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Light electric vehicles may challenge established forms of transport in the near future. This paper looks at how different kinds of consumers assess the future uses of light electric vehicles. Such uses are further characterized by examining how they could replace the current uses of existing modes of transport such as cycling, cars and public transport. The paper approaches the take-up of light electric vehicles from the vantage point of technological niches which have the potential to transit to sociotechnical regimes (Schot and Geels, 2008 and Geels, 2002). It considers insights from recent user studies on light electric transport and broadens their scope to include a wider range of vehicles. Data from a representative survey of 1030 Finns are used to analyse and characterize future uses of light electric vehicles. Currently, light electric vehicles remain technological niches, but consumers show interest in them, and the paper addresses the match between different kinds of consumers and these vehicles, building opportunities for large scale use.
Original languageEnglish
JournalTransportation Research Procedia
Pages (from-to)258-268
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 28 Dec 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 512 Business and Management
  • Light electric vehicles; consumers; sociotechnical transition; technological niche; electric bicycle; electric moped; electric microcar; electric 3- and 4-wheelers; electric skateboard; Segway

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