Segmentation of the current levels of passenger mileage by car in the light of sustainability targets – The Swedish case

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There is a clear need for debate about targeted policies to address individual behaviour and car mileage. In this study, the point of departure is that we need more knowledge regarding travel behaviour focusing on the needed reduction in car mileages. The study illustrates a series of travel behaviour analyses that can be applied in any other country striving for more detailed knowledge of the challenges ahead regarding reductions in car mileage. The focus is on passenger mileage by car in relation to the level of passenger mileage by car estimated by the Swedish Transport Administration for a sustainable transport system by 2050. Four distance categories are defined and used. The results indicate that on an average day, the overwhelming majority of total passenger mileage by car (>90%) is produced by a minority of the population (25%) and only approximately half of the population use a car on an average day. There are differences between rural and urban areas, but for the category of high passenger mileage by car, the difference is not remarkable.


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  • Transport Systems and Logistics
  • Environmental Sciences


  • Climate goals, Passenger mileage by car, Sustainable transport, Travel behaviour
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-337
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
Publication statusPublished - 2018 May 1
Publication categoryResearch