Quotation Wankmüller, Christian, Kunovjanek, Maximilian, Sposato, Robert Gennaro, Reiner, Gerald. 2020. Selecting E-Mobility Transport Solutions for Mountain Rescue Operations. Energy. 13 (24), 6613-6632.




This study introduces e-mobility for humanitarian purposes and presents the first investigation of innovative e-mobility transport solutions (e.g., e-bike, e-stretcher, and drone) for mountain rescue. In practice, it is largely unclear which e-mobility transport solutions might be suitable and what selection attributes are to be considered. The subsequent study supports the technology selection process by identifying and measuring relevant selection attributes to facilitate the adoption of e-mobility in this domain. For the purpose of this study, a multi-method research approach that combines qualitative and quantitative elements was applied. In the first step, results of a systematic search for attributes in literature were combined with inputs gained from unstructured expert interviews and discussions. The perceived importance of the identified selection attributes was then measured by analyzing survey data of 341 rescue workers using the best-worst scaling methodology. Finally, the results were reiterated in another expert discussion to assess their overall validity. Study results indicate that e-mobility transport solutions need to primarily enhance operational performance and support the safety of mountain rescue personnel. Surprisingly, economic and sustainability aspects are less of an issue in the process of technology selection.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Energy
Citation Index SCI
WU-Journal-Rating new VW-C
Language English
Title Selecting E-Mobility Transport Solutions for Mountain Rescue Operations
Volume 13
Number 24
Year 2020
Page from 6613
Page to 6632
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.mdpi.com/1996-1073/13/24/6613
DOI https://doi.org/10.3390/en13246613
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://doi.org/10.3390/en13246613


Reiner, Gerald (Details)
Kunovjanek, Maximilian (Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria)
Sposato, Robert Gennaro (Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria)
Wankmüller, Christian (Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria)
Institute for Production Management (Reiner) (Details)
Institute for Production Management IN (Details)
Research Institute for Supply Chain Management FI (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1133 Computer-aided simulation (Details)
5307 Business and management economics (Details)
5316 Industrial management (Details)
5326 Production research (Details)
5354 Business logistics (Details)
5365 Quality management (Details)
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