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Embedding imaginaries- electric vehicles in Sweden's fossil fuel free future

Mutter, Amelia (2021). Embedding imaginaries- electric vehicles in Sweden's fossil fuel free future. Futures. 129 , 102742
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The purpose of this study is to explore the interaction between visions of the future and policy through the analysis of one Swedish policy document, a 2013 government investigation Fossil Fuel Freedom on the Road, and its subsequent policy process. Here, I examine the emergence of a sociotechnical imaginary (Jasanoff & Kim, 2009) that places electric vehicles at the center of a fossil fuel independent future. Analysis centers on textual analysis of this document as well as responses from a formal consultation process and two concrete policy measures showing how this imaginary is stabilized through interaction with additional actors and translation to additional contexts. This electric vehicle imaginary as presented in the policy report focuses on the role of electric vehicles in fighting climate change, as well as the increased energy efficiency and positive impact on city environments these vehicles promise. Additionally, this investigation identifies a specific policy agenda where electric vehicles are introduced first for personal vehicles and urban buses. This imaginary is stabilized in the consultation responses and two policy instruments, showing a process of embedding. Frictions, however, remain as these documents introduce contestations around biofuels versus electric vehicles and which sections of transport should be electrified.

Authors/Creators:Mutter, Amelia
Title:Embedding imaginaries- electric vehicles in Sweden's fossil fuel free future
Series Name/Journal:Futures
Year of publishing :2021
Article number:102742
Number of Pages:14
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 502 Economics and Business > Economics
Keywords:Sociotechnical imaginaries, Electric vehicles, Transport policy, Sweden
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Web of Science (WoS)000643943100005
ID Code:23986
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
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Deposited On:28 May 2021 11:03
Metadata Last Modified:28 Aug 2022 14:00

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