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). 

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.


  • On October 27, 2014, EVI met in Vancouver on the sidelines of Canada’s premier EV industry event to hold a workshop on integrating EVs into the grid. The workshop attracted many participants from across Canada and the world, including several automakers and utilities.
  • On 23 May 2014, EVI met in Copenhagen, Denmark to hold a Big Ideas in Electro-mobility Workshop, including Norway, which joined EVI as its 17th member.
  • On 6 June 2013, EVI members along with major OEMs and utilities met in Tokyo to discuss issues regarding EV infrastructure. The meeting was coordinated with Task 20 (Quick Charging) of the IA-HEV with a special focus on quick charging in Japan.
  • On 16 November 2013, EVI jointly convened a roundtable in Barcelona with the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) on Integrating EVs Into the Grid. Click here for meeting outcomes.
  •  EVI welcomed Canada as its 16th member.
  • On 17 April 2013, EVI launched the Global EV Outlook at the 4th Clean Energy Ministerial in New Delhi, India, further strengthening the interaction between governments and relevant electric vehicle stakeholders. The report represents the collective effort of two years of primary data gathering and analysis from the Electric Vehicles Initiative’s 16 member governments and the IEA.
  • On 19 October 2012, EVI members and major OEMs met in Stuttgart on to discuss EV market development. The roundtable was well-attended by diverse stakeholders, and the outcomes fed into the Global EV Outlook, to be released 16 April 2013.
  • In partnership with other networks promoting vehicle electrification in cities, EVI is working on launching the World EV Cities and Ecosystems Web portal, a first-of-its-kind website that will capture EV deployment progress in cities worldwide and serve as a central hub to harmonize efforts, leverage existing resources, and disseminate best EV deployment practices to global stakeholders.
  • EVI released the EV City Casebook, a compilation of illustrative case studies focused on city and regional electric vehicle (EV) deployment efforts around the world. The EV City Casebook aims to enhance understanding of the best practices for creating thriving EV ecosystems in urban areas. The case studies offer both qualitative and quantitative information on cities’ EV goals, progress, policies, incentives, and lessons learned to date.  Download in English | Chinese
  • EVI welcomed Italy as its fifteenth member.
  • EVI has completed the first phase of its data collection from each government on public investment in research, development and demonstration; national goals for EV deployment; current national stock of EVs and charging equipment; and relevant government policies.
  • An EVI meeting took place on 29 November-2 December 2011 in Barcelona, Spain.
  • EVI convened its first International EV Pilot Cities Forum during the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show, bringing together representatives from pilot cities in each EVI country, as well as other stakeholders, to share experiences and lessons learned on EV demonstration and deployment programs in metropolitan areas.
  • China announced the creation of an International EV Demonstration Zone in Shanghai, where companies, research entities and other organizations from participating EVI countries are invited to participate in joint demonstration activities.
  • EVI welcomed Denmark, Finland, India and Portugal as its newest members.
  • Experts and high-level representatives from government, industry and the research community gathered at the Paris Motor Show (Mondial de l’Automobile) on 30 September and 1 October 2010 for an intended to highlight key lessons emerging from EV/PHEV roll-out programmes in different regions, and to identify co-operative activities to accelerate their deployment in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner.