The Electric Vehicles Initiative (EVI) is a multi-government policy forum dedicated to accelerating the introduction and adoption of electric vehicles worldwide. EVI is one of several initiatives launched in 2010 under the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), a high-level dialogue among energy ministers from the world’s major economies. EVI currently includes 16 member governments from Africa, Asia, Europe and North America, as well as participation from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Global EV Outlook 2015 Update

E‌VI has launched a data update of its 2013 Global EV Outlook. The two-page data sheet presents insights and essential data from EVI’s 16 countries across seven years.

The data presented shows an increase in sales of electric vehicles, charging infrastructure, and a decrease in battery costs. The work is a collaborative effort of EVI member countries to continue the baseline-setting work of the 2013 Global EV Outlook, to bring a clear and current picture of EV deployment today.

Read the full press release on the Clean Energy Ministerial website here.

New EV City Casebook Released With Support From the IEA

The IEA is delighted to announce the release of a new edition of the EV City Casebook, which highlights world changing ideas that will shape the future of electric vehicles (EVs). The report profiles 50 big ideas with the potential to dramatically increase EV adoption around the world.

The Casebook draws on the global networks of future city think tank Urban Foresight, the Clean Energy Ministerial’s Electric Vehicles Initiative (EVI), and the IEA’s Implementing Agreement on Hybrid and Electric Vehicles. It profiles innovative policies, projects, technolgoies, and business models that are being implemented in 23 countries across six continents.

Ideas covered in the Casebook include: the Korean city of Gumi’s wirelessly charged electric busses; U.S. tech giant Google’s self-driving electric cars; British software company Route Monkey’s tool to optimise fleets for EV adoption; and the world’s first EV vending machines in Hangzhou, China.

The Role of the Electric Vehicles Initiative

EVI seeks to facilitate the global deployment of at least 20 million passenger car EVs, including plug-in hybrid and fuel cell electric vehicles, by 2020. This goal is based in part on countries’ deployment targets and on other factors such as IEA scenarios. 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 RD&D programmes to ensure that the most crucial global gaps in vehicle technology development are being addressed
  • 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

Current Participants

Participating governments in EVI include Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The International Energy Agency facilitates and coordinates the collection, analysis, and dissemination of EVI data.

Global EV Outlook (2013)

Together EVI countries accounted for more than 90% of world EV stock at the end of 2012. Strong government support in EVI countries on both the supply and demand sides are contributing to rising market penetration. 12 out of 16 EVI countries offer financial support for vehicle purchases, and most employ a mix of financial and non-financial incentives (such as access to restricted highway lanes) to help drive adoption.
The Global EV Outlook is a unique and data-rich overview of the state of electric vehicles today, and offers an understanding of the electric vehicle landscape to 2020. The Global EV Outlook represents the collective efforts of two years of primary data gathering and analysis from the Electric Vehicle Initiative (EVI) and the IEA.   Key takeaways and insights include landscape analysis of electric vehicle (EV) stock/sales and charging station deployment.  Existing policy initiatives are delineated and future opportunities highlighted in an "Opportunity Matrix: Pathways to 2020".

Download infographics from the Global EV Outlook:

‌UPDATE: The Global EV Outlook was given highly commended mention at LowCVP Low Carbon Champions Awards on 10 September, 2014.