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Niche experiments with alternative powertrain technologies:: The case of electric city-buses in Europe
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Project Innovations and Entrepreneurship. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Project Innovations and Entrepreneurship. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3164-6352
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, ISSN 1470-9511, E-ISSN 1741-5012, Vol. 16, no 3, 274-300 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Using sociotechnical transitions literature, this paper analyses the early market introduction of electric city-buses in Europe. It identifies the role of bus manufacturers and their corresponding choices of alternative powertrain and charging technologies. Study results contrast the traditional dichotomy of incumbents versus niche actors and questions perceived role of incumbents as a homogenous group of actors. The paper proposes an alternative to the typical perception of industry incumbents as the guardians of the current sociotechnical regime, suggesting that a strong position in the established regime may actually facilitate introduction of radical technological solutions. The paper invites transition scholars to make more detailed analyses of actors’ constellations and it further suggests that policy makers need to pay attention to the diversity of individual actors’ strategies.

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InderScience Publishers, 2016. Vol. 16, no 3, 274-300 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-141574DOI: 10.1504/IJATM.2016.080787OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-141574DiVA: diva2:1145887
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The funding for this study was provided by The Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems (VINNOVA) for the project number 2015-03536 entitled Vad är en miljöbuss egentligen? En socioteknisk scenariostudie.
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VINNOVA, 2015-03536
Available from: 2017-09-30 Created: 2017-09-30 Last updated: 2017-10-10Bibliographically approved

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