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 Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), a high-level dialogue among Energy Ministers from the world’s major economies. EVI members include Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. The International Energy Agency is the EVI Co-ordinator.


CEM 30@30 Campaign

The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) announced a new campaign called EV 30@30 to speed up the deployment of electric vehicles and target at least 30 percent new electric vehicle sales by 2030. 

The campaign will support the market for electric passenger cars, light commercial vans, buses and trucks (including battery-electric, plug-in hybrid, and fuel cell vehicle types). It will also work towards the deployment of charging infrastructure to supply sufficient power to the vehicles deployed.

Download the 30@30 Campaign Document

Download the CEM 30@30 Brochure


Global EV Outlook 2017

170607 EVI Outlook 2017The number of electric cars on the roads around the world rose to 2 million in 2016, following a year of strong growth in 2015, according to the latest edition of the Global EV Outlook. Still, electric vehicles only made up 0.2% of total passenger light-duty vehicles in circulation in 2016. They have a long way to go before reaching numbers capable of making a significant contribution to greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.

Download the four-page data leaflet here‌.


Government Fleet Declaration

Cop 22 logoRecognising the importance of reducing carbon emission in the transportation sector, eight major nations – Canada, China, France, Japan, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States – signed a Government Fleet Declaration, pledging to increase the share of electric vehicles in their government fleets and calling for other governments to join them.  The current text of the Government Fleet Declaration is available here: EVI Government Fleet Declaration Document

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EVI involvement at COP21

IEA COP logoThe Electric Vehicles Initiative (EVI) and the IEA, host of its secretariat, played a prominent role in two initiatives to raise the profile of electro-mobility at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21).

The EVI and the IEA were involved in the Transport Focus of the Lima Paris Action Agenda (LPAA) and contributed to the drafting of the Paris Declaration on Electro-Mobility and Climate Change and Call to Action, calling for a deployment of electric vehicles compatible with a 20% share of all road transport vehicles in 2030, including more than 100 million cars (up from 1 million in 2015). They EVI and IEA also gathered consensus from partners and stakeholders to endorse the Paris Declaration.  Read more...

Global EV Outlook 2016

Global EV Outlook 2016One million and counting: electric cars crossed the milestone in 2015 on their way to finish the year with ‌1.26 million units‌ deployed worldwide, a new IEA report documents, as sales and construction of necessary infrastructure both surged about 70% in a critical advance towards limiting carbon emissions from the transport sector. Read more...


Global EV Outlook 2015

‌The E‌lectric Vehicle Initiative (EVI) has launched a data update of its 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 charging infrastructure and sales of electric vehicles as well as a decrease in battery costs. The work is a collaborative effort of EVI member countries to continue the baseline-setting work of the Global EV Outlook 2013, to bring a clear and current picture of EV deployment today.

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

  • Download the Global EV Outlook 2015 update:   Landscape version
  • For acknowledgments, methodology, definitions, copyright notice and more information on the Global EV Outlook update please read the Global EV Outlook update addendum.

EV City Casebook Released with Support from the IEA

EVI City Casebook 50 Big IdeasThe 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 Implementing Agreement on Hybrid and Electric Vehicles. It profiles innovative policies, projects, technologies 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 buses; US 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.

Global EV Outlook 2013

Global EV Outlook 2013Together, Electric Vehicle Initiative (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 is contributing to rising market penetration. Twelve out of the 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 2013 is a unique and data-rich overview of the state of electric vehicles (EVs), and offers an understanding of the electric vehicle landscape to 2020. It represents the collective efforts of two years of primary data gathering and analysis from the EVI and the IEA. Key takeaways and insights include landscape analysis of EV stock/sales and charging station deployment. Existing policy initiatives are delineated and future opportunities highlighted in the section "Opportunity Matrix: Pathways to 2020".

EV City Casebook

City casebook 2012Electric vehicles (EVs) hold the potential of transforming the way the world moves. EVs can increase energy security by diversifying the fuel mix and decreasing dependence on petroleum, while also reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants. Just as important, EVs can unlock innovation and create new advanced industries that spur job growth and enhance economic prosperity. However, the mass deployment of EVs will require transportation systems capable of integrating and fostering this new technology.

To accelerate this transition, cities and metropolitan regions around the world are creating EV-friendly ecosystems and building the foundation for widespread adoption. Read more......


  • 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.