Electric Vehicles Initiative

Accelerating the introduction and adoption of electric vehicles worldwide

The Electric Vehicles Initiative (EVI) is a multi-government policy forum dedicated to accelerating the introduction and adoption of electric vehicles worldwide. The IEA acts as Coordinator to support the EVI member governments in this activity.

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EVI was launched under the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), a high-level dialogue among Energy Ministers from the world’s major economies.

Fifteen countries are currently participating in EVI: Canada, Chile, China, Finland, France, Germany, India, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.


The EV30@30 campaign was launched at the 8th CEM in June 2017 with the goal of accelerating the deployment of electric vehicles with a target of at least 30 percent new electric vehicle sales by 2030. The campaign currently totals 13 member countries and 23 supporting companies and organisations.

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

Call to Action to Closing the Gap

The EVI Call to Action was launched at the 12th Clean Energy Ministerial in June 2021. It is a call to close the gap between projected levels of EV sales in 2030 based on existing policies and the global sales needed to be on track with the Paris Agreement’s objectives. Various governments and private sector stand behind the Call through 9 practical actions that will be implemented over the next two years.

Global EV Pilot City Programme

The EVI Global EV Pilot City Programme (EVI-PCP) aims to create a global platform for to facilitate communications and cooperation among leading global cities interested in stimulating and increasing the uptake of electric mobility within their jurisdictions.

EVI-PCP was officially launched at the 9th CEM in May 2018. EVI-PCP is coordinated jointly by the IEA and Shanghai International Automobile City (SIAC). Both entities constitute the EVI Global EV Pilot City Programme's Joint Secretariat.

Government Fleet Declaration

Recognising 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 in November 2016, pledging to increase the share of electric vehicles in their government fleets and calling for other governments to join them.

Paris Declaration on Electro-Mobility and Climate Change

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. This document calls for the deployment of electric vehicles compatible with a 20% share of all road transport vehicles in 2030, including more than 100 million cars. The EVI and IEA also gathered consensus from partners and stakeholders to endorse the Paris Declaration.

In support of EVI activities, the IEA cooperates with a range of programmes and institutions including:

  • IEA TCPs on Advanced Fuel Cells (AFC) and Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technologies and Programmes (HEV)
  • Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)
  • C40
  • ClimateWorks Australia and the ClimateWorks Foundation
  • Electrification Coalition
  • European Association for Electromobility (AVERE)
  • Forum for Reforms
  • Entrepreneurship and Sustainability (FORES) in Sweden
  • Global Environment Facility (GEF)
  • GreenTechMalaysia
  • International Council for Clean Transportation (ICCT, hosting the secretariat of the International Zero-Emission Vehicle Alliance)
  • International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)
  • International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE)
  • International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
  • Hewlett Foundation
  • King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (Thailand)
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)
  • Mission 2020
  • Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC)
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) of the United States
  • Nordic Energy Research (NER)
  • Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SloCaT)
  • REN21
  • Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)
  • Swedish Energy Agency
  • The Climate Group
  • United Nations Environment (UN Environment)
  • Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat)
  • Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
  • World Resources Institute (WRI)
  • Urban Foresight