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Designing a Transferability Evaluation Method on Base of New York City: Transformation Potential of an Iconic Industry, the New York City Taxi, towards a Sustainable Urban Transport System
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology, Applied Thermodynamics and Refrigeration.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper aims to identify key influential factors involved in the transformation of cities towards sustainable and "smart" urban transport systems, specifically focusing on the introduction of electromobility in New York City’s iconic taxi fleet. This research is part of the "Innovation Network Morgenstadt: City Insights", which is part of a much larger project: the Morgenstadt Initiative. The Morgenstadt Initiative was launched by Europe’s biggest organization for applied research, the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany, as one of ten selected programs of Germany’s High-tech Strategy 2020. The aim is to establish a framework of solutions and processes to con-struct the "city of tomorrow" (Morgenstadt in German). Tailored concepts should provide a comprehensive insight on the best approach to solving the increasing technological and organizational challenges of growing cities, without compromising the environment or their economies.

The aim of this report was achieved primarily by the means of systemic research that included interviews con-ducted with different New York based stakeholders. The methodology applied to establish the transformation potential is also described. This paper explores the current transport situation of New York City as well as the historic development of the city’s taxi fleet. It reviews future sustainability trends and identifies different stakeholders, their role and needs. This is followed by a brief analysis of the transportation systems in London and Singapore, cities selected to test the conformity of the found influential factors in a later phase. Potential applications of electromobility towards a sustainable transportation service are also briefly introduced. This report concludes by stating the influential factors found to play a role in the implementation of projects that focus on shifting current conventional powered taxis to electric-powered taxis and evaluating the methodology applied throughout this study. Electromobility certainly provides a viable solution to current transport chal-lenges, also in public transportation systems, however many developments still have to be made to make it truly applicable in the sustainable and complex Morgenstadt.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-129262OAI: diva2:651478
Available from: 2013-09-30 Created: 2013-09-24 Last updated: 2013-09-30Bibliographically approved

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