Connecting experimental processes and systemic change: The role of car sharing in a transition towards sustainable mobility

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Conference Paper




The use of car sharing has experienced rapid growth in recent years, however the number of users is still limited and the privately owned car is dominant. This paper studies how the experimental use of car sharing contributes to change the car system in urban areas. The study employs data from semi-structured interviews with 39 households in Oslo using car sharing. The analysis shows how car sharing involves a relationship between new and old socio-technical arrangements, explained as different forms of reconfiguration. It concludes that car sharing acts as a facilitator for reducing car-ownership and it changes and reduces general use of private cars. However, the contribution to a sustainability transition is limited because of the continued use of fossil fuel cars and the continued consumption of privately used cars.

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Concéption Tommaso Pardi
Administration Géry Deffontaines

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