Institutional framework and the advance of electromobility: the case of South America

Type de publication:

Journal Article


International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, Inderscience Publishers, Volume 22, Number 3, p.277-304 (2022)



E mobilities, Electric buses, electromobility, Geography of sustainability transition, Institutional framework, Lithium batteries, Low emission, Low-emission mobility, South America, Sustainability transition, Sustainable Development, Transition in the global south


This article describes the types of policies deployed for the advancement of electromobility in South America: Argentina-Buenos Aires, Brazil-São Paulo, Chile-Santiago, and Colombia-Bogotá. The selected cases validate the importance of institutional thickness to transition initiatives of sustainability. Thus, we have active and reactive territories about electromobility transition. It enabled us to highlight the pathways that have been taken so far in South America, namely: 1) the electric bus segment stands out in the regions, concentrating on private initiatives and public policy support, giving rise to new businesses and projects of technological experimentation; 2) a political glimpse of insertion in the lithium production chain for batteries; 3) technological dependence of the light vehicles and two wheelers segment. Thus, this research dialogues with the geography of transitions literature by emphasising the importance of the territorial context for the advancement or lethargy of socio-technical change. Copyright © 2022 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

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