Policy Tools for Electric Vehicle Adoption in Curitiba City


  • Fumi Harahap KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Hasan Mohammed KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Maryna Henrysson KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Joaquin Franco KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Erik Jenelius KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden


electric vehicles, sustainable transport, Curitiba, urban policy


The role of electric vehicles (EVs) in more sustainable cities is widely recognized, with their adoption increasing rapidly. Most governments have targets for continued EV adoption rate growth, and some plan to ban fossil-fuelled vehicles altogether. Yet, in most countries, including Brazil, the proportion of EVs among new vehicles sold remains low. EV adoption poses multiple technological, economic and social challenges that require targeted policy mechanisms. This study assesses policy measures to expedite EV adoption for road transport decarbonisation and sheds light on the critical role of EVs in sustainable urban development. We explore electric mobility challenges in urban areas, focusing on the case of Curitiba City in Brazil. We investigate existing challenges and barriers to policy implementation in Curitiba and successful interventions in cities worldwide to identify suitable policies for Curitiba. The study uses in-depth interviews with relevant stakeholders to examine policy tools, including financial, legal, knowledge-based, and societal instruments. The study recommends complementary instruments and measures to accelerate their adoption in Curitiba. Overall, the study's results, which identify criteria for policy design and implementation towards complete transport decarbonisation, should be valuable for decision-making in transport and mobility planning.


Metrics Loading ...