By Nathan Lemphers

The global trend of electrifying passenger transportation is accelerating and holds the potential to disrupt the status-quo and create new winners and losers. How can cities prepare for this transformation? By differentiating between sectoral and service regimes, this study assesses the present state of passenger transportation in three Canadian cities—Calgary, Toronto, and Montréal—and examines how electric vehicles may impact the city’s passenger mobility system in 2040. In doing so, this research improves our understanding of how the various alignments within and among prevailing service regimes creates different place-based challenges and opportunities at the sectoral level for an electromobility transition. Crucially, it deepens our understanding of the broader risks and uncertainties associated with electromobility transitions and aids policymakers as they govern through these ambiguities. 


READ THE WORKING PAPER: Governing through electric vehicle uncertainty - a passenger mobility regime analysis

Suggested Citation: Lemphers, Nathan. Governing through electric vehicle uncertainty - a passenger mobility regime analysis. (January 2022). Available at the Smart Prosperity Institute Clean Economy Working Paper Series:

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