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Vehicle electrification in informal transport

Hasselwander, Marc and Senyagwa, Jacqueline and Martin, Emilie and Andrieu, Vera-Marie and Goletz, Mirko and Lah, Oliver (2022) Vehicle electrification in informal transport. Urban Transitions Global Summit 2022, 2022-11-08 - 2022-11-10, Sitges, Barcelona, Spanien.

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The transport sector is one of the largest emitters and fastest-growing source of GHG emissions. Hence, decarbonizing transport is needed to mitigate anthropogenic climate change and meet the 1.5° Celsius target of the Paris Agreement. A focus lies on urban areas in the Global South, where high population growth and urbanization rates fuel transport demand. While governments and transport agencies in many developing countries have started to electrify public transport fleets (e.g. rail and buses), the ubiquitous informal transport sector is a roadblock towards a clean energy transition. Here, the unique constellation of self-employed transport workers operating small-size, privately-owned vehicles (e.g. three-wheelers and minibuses) implies that individuals are the main agents of change. In this context, we assess the adoption of a new technology from a socio-economic perspective by modeling three-wheeler drivers’ interest to switch to electric vehicles (EVs). We use stated-preference data (N=152) collected in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Our results show that: (i) the vast majority of drivers (82.2 %) are interested in transitioning to EVs; (ii) anticipated cost savings increase interest in EVs; (iii) the financing and/or ownership of the vehicle and the availability of guarded night parking are relevant adoption factors; and, (iv) most of the interested drivers are organized in driver unions that are typical for informal transport markets. We conclude that to foster a clean energy transition, policymakers should better communicate the financial benefits of operating EVs, while at the same time incentivize their purchase (e.g., through subsidies, regulatory privileges, or financing models) and provide charging infrastructure at parking hotspots. In addition, driver unions should be included in the transition. In fragmented operator landscapes, they represent powerful levers to drive change and upscale the use of EVs.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/191573/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Vehicle electrification in informal transport
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Hasselwander, MarcUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-0852-5093UNSPECIFIED
Senyagwa, JacquelineUrban Electric Mobility Initiative (UEMI)UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Martin, EmilieUrban Electric Mobility Initiative (UEMI)UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Andrieu, Vera-MarieUrban Electric Mobility Initiative (UEMI)UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Goletz, MirkoUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-6237-1734UNSPECIFIED
Lah, OliverUrban Electric Mobility Initiative (UEMI)UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:November 2022
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Urban transport, electric vehicles, clean-energy transition, global South
Event Title:Urban Transitions Global Summit 2022
Event Location:Sitges, Barcelona, Spanien
Event Type:international Conference
Event Start Date:8 November 2022
Event End Date:10 November 2022
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Transport
HGF - Program Themes:Transport System
DLR - Research area:Transport
DLR - Program:V VS - Verkehrssystem
DLR - Research theme (Project):V - Transport und Klima (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Transport Research > Mobility and Urban Development
Deposited By: Hasselwander, Dr. Marc
Deposited On:10 Jan 2023 16:31
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 20:52

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