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How cities can drive the electric vehicle revolution

Cities are central to increasing the uptake of electric vehicles. A range of situational and contextual factors will influence this process, and cities need to use a variety of mechanisms — including policies and incentives — to drive the necessary change.

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Fig. 1: Past and future increases of electric vehicle stock.

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Heidrich, O., Dissanayake, D., Lambert, S. et al. How cities can drive the electric vehicle revolution. Nat Electron 5, 11–13 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41928-021-00709-3

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