Why electromobility and what is it?
Book chapter, 2013
In this chapter we examine the notion of electromobility and aim to provide a
working definition of the term that underpins the analyses presented in the rest of
this e-book. We also describe electromobility in technological terms by presenting
various technological configurations of electric vehicles, charging infrastructure
and energy supply. We then proceed to examine why electromobility is currently
supported as a favourable means to transform road transport by discussing drivers
and barriers of change in the automotive industry. Whilst electromobility represents
a significant technical challenge, it also requires complex social changes.
By arguing from different perspectives we hope to illustrate that electromobility is
best understood by considering a range of systemic perspectives found in this and
later chapters of this e-book.