IEA Forum launches Electric Vehicles Initiative at Paris Auto Show

1 October 2010

Rapid market development of Electric and Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles around the world is at the heart of a new initiative, the Electric Vehicles Initiative.

The initiative, launched at the Paris Auto Show (Salon Mondial de l’Automobile) on 1 October, is led by a consortium including the IEA and eight countries: China, France, Germany, Japan, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and the United States.

A range of issues were discussed related to achieving rapid market development of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles (EV and PHEVs) around the world, to reach a combined target estimated by the IEA to be about 20 million EVs and PHEVs on the road by 2020. 

According to the IEA, this target would put global EV/PHEV stock on a trajectory, if maintained, to exceed 200 million by 2030 and 1 billion by 2050. This trajectory is a key element for the entire global economy to achieve the G8-supported, IEA Blue Map scenario target of halving of CO2 emissions in 2050.

“This initiative and event demonstrate the high-level commitment and determination of both governments and industry to make advanced, clean vehicles a reality,” said IEA Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka.

“To achieve a sustainable energy future, we need to transform global transport,” said Mr. Tanaka and added: “This initiative will help to create the enabling environment to meet international targets, track progress and ensure long-term success for EV/PHEVs.”

The eight consortium countries affirmed their commitment to the Electric Vehicles Initiative (EVI), and other countries at the meeting expressed support and may also join in the future. The EVI will provide a platform for global co-operation on the development and deployment of electric vehicles.

Participating countries have agreed to:

  1. Launch a pilot cities program to promote EV demonstrations in urban areas and share information on progress and outcomes;
  2. Increase information sharing on funding levels and other features of research and development programs; and
  3. Collect and share information on EV deployment targets and related indicators, as well as best practices and policies, to enable rapid progress toward those targets.

The EVI will soon initiate specific activities in each of these three areas, with more detailed plans to be presented at the Electric Vehicle Symposium-25 conference in Shenzhen, China in November 2010.