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EVI
Overview

The Electric Vehicles Initiative (EVI) is a multi-government policy forum dedicated to accelerating the introduction and adoption of electric vehicles worldwide. In 2010, EVI was one of several initiatives ‌launched under the CEM.

 

Key Accomplishments

EVI’s Global EV OutlookEV City Casebook, and other online resources provide policy makers and practitioners with information on leading-edge policies, incentives, pilot projects, and innovative solutions to accelerate the global push toward cleaner, electrified transportation.

Goals

The initiative seeks to facilitate the global deployment of 20 million EVs, including plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and fuel cell vehicles, by 2020.

EVI will enable progress toward this goal by:

  • Encouraging the development of national deployment goals, as well as best practices and policies to achieve those goals;
  • Leading a network of cities to share experiences and lessons learned from early EV deployment in urban areas and regions;
  • Sharing information on public investment in research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) programs to ensure that the most crucial global gaps in vehicle technology development are being addressed; and
  • Engaging private-sector stakeholders to better align expectations, discuss the respective roles of industry and government, and focus on the benefits of continued investment in EV technology innovation and EV procurement for fleets.

EV Stock Targets (select EVI members)

 

EV waterfall graph

Note: A 20% compound annual growth is assumed for countries without a specific stock target (i.e., only a sales target), or with targets that end before 2020.

Key Activities

To encourage progress towards its goal of facilitating the global deployment of 20 million electric vehicles (EVs) by 2020, EVI supports pilot projects, analyzes key technology and investment gaps, and encourages the exchange of information such as best practices, deployment targets, and research and demonstration results.

  • Responding to a call from Ministers and industry leaders at the fourth Clean Energy Ministerial in 2013, EVI and the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) are working together to study EV impacts on the electric grid under various charging scenarios in order to better understand the challenges and potential benefits of large-scale EV integration with power systems.
  • EVI and partners are launching a second edition of the EV City Casebook, which will highlight the most innovative ideas to further electric mobility and recognize best practice projects in advancing electric vehicle adoption.
  • EVI collects, analyzes, and disseminates data from EVI member governments and cities. It continues to strengthen cooperation with other organizations that share the goal of accelerating EV market penetration in cities and regions, particularly through the World EV Cities and Ecosystems web portal.
  • EVI also continues to pursue a robust public-private dialogue, focusing on the most pressing challenges, prioritizing action needed to address those challenges, and coordinating next steps.
Progress
  • In May 2014, EVI released the report Assessing and Accelerating Vehicle Deployment in India, which analyzes the real-world benefits and costs of vehicle electrification in India. The research uses Indian driving patterns and advanced modeling to determine the potential fuel savings of hybrid and all-electric vehicles in the Indian market. The work also pioneers a methodology for other governments to use to better design data-driven EV policies, such as optimally siting EV charging infrastructure in urban areas.
  • EVI and ISGAN convened a joint expert workshop in 2013 to focus on the challenges and opportunities of integrating EVs and smart grid components into the overall power system.
  • The Global EV Outlook, a comprehensive collection of national-level data on electric vehicle (EV) deployment was released in April 2013 at the fourth Clean Energy Ministerial. The report presents primary data collected from EVI member governments and highlights the global progress in EV deployment around the world. It also identifies the most significant challenges to EV integration as well as policy and technology opportunities to address those challenges. With this information, EVI is assembling a unique global fact base on the growing EV market, tracking its progress, and identifying important market trends and developments.
  • The EV City Casebook, published in May 2012 by EVI and partner organizations, provides illustrative case studies focused on city and regional EV deployment efforts from 16 cities and regions across nine countries and three continents. The Casebook has also been translated and released in Chinese.
  • The World EV Cities and Ecosystems Web portal was launched by EVI and partner organizations to accelerate the global push toward cleaner, electrified transportation. This first-of-its-kind web portal connects policy makers and practitioners to help them access information about local policies, incentives, programs, and consumer behaviors; share quantitative and qualitative information about their experiences; and increase collaboration.
  • EVI convenes an annual EV Cities Forum rotating among EVI member countries that brings together local leaders from across the globe to share experiences and solutions for EV deployment in cities and regions. China hosted the first international EV Cities Forum during the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show and additional Forums were convened in Los Angeles, California, in 2012 and again in Shanghai in 2013.
  • EVI initiated the Global Electric Vehicle Insight Exchange (EVX) between leading global EV readiness initiatives including the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Project Get Ready; Task 18 of the International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Implementing Agreement; and the University of California, Davis Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center. EVX pools resources and expertise from these international networks to coordinate efforts, leverage existing resources and participants, and disseminate best EV deployment practices to global stakeholders.
  • EVI and the IEA Implementing Agreement on Hybrid and Electric Vehicles signed a letter of intent in order to leverage their complementary efforts and share information on city-level deployment activities and best practices.
  • The engagement of the private sector and other stakeholders is crucial to creating and sustaining momentum in EV adoption. An example of EVI’s efforts in this area is a public-private roundtable convened in Stuttgart, Germany, in October 2012. Representatives from major automakers and EVI member governments came together to share ideas about how governments and industry can collaborate to increase EV deployment around the world. The discussion centered on how to ensure favorable long-term market conditions, encourage consumer adoption, and better coordinate existing EV efforts.
Policy opportunities

Vehicle electrification has the potential to enhance energy security and reduce carbon emissions through significant reductions in petroleum consumption. It also provides an opportunity to bring about sustainable economic growth and build new industries based on innovation and technological advancement. Governments can enable the widespread deployment and acceptance of electric vehicles (EVs) by pursuing a variety of smart and complementary policies, including the following:

  • National deployment goals and strategies: Establishing a national goal for EV deployment provides governments with a concrete objective around which a credible deployment strategy can take shape. Such strategies may include the provision of demand- and supply-side incentives to help transform the market for vehicle electrification.
  • Pilot cities: Vehicle and infrastructure demonstration projects, especially in urban areas, can help enable deployment by providing valuable information about how EVs and chargers are used in real-world scenarios. Pilot cities identify consumer usage, preferences, and experiences, as well as address the challenges to full-scale deployment, such as charging infrastructure optimization and impact on the electric grid.
  • Sharing and coordinating public investment in battery and vehicle research, development, and demonstration: Facilitating the development of new technology solutions is critical for the long-term scale-up of EVs. The Electric Vehicles Initiative encourages information sharing among governments on public investments in battery and vehicle research, development, and demonstration, which enables the coordination of priorities and spreads the balance of risk and rewards associated with clean energy innovation. Additionally, private investment in innovative technologies relies on active public investment in basic research to bring technologies to the point of commercial viability.
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