Electric Vehicles Initiative (EVI)

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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, Chile, China, Finland, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. The International Energy Agency is the EVI Co-ordinator.

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


Global EV Outlook 2018

Published: 30 May 2018

The Global EV Outlook is an annual publication that identifies and discusses recent developments in electric mobility across the globe. Combining historical analysis with projections to 2030, the report examines key areas of interest such as electric vehicle and charging infrastructure deployment, ownership costs, energy use, CO2 emissions and battery materials demand. The publication includes policy recommendations, learning from frontrunner markets to inform policymakers and stakeholders who aim to encourage electric vehicle adoption. The Global EV Outlook annual series is developed with the support of the members of the Electric Vehicles Initiative (EVI).  Read key findings

Nordic EV Outlook

Published: 8 March 2017

The Nordic region is at the forefront of the global growth of electric mobility. The Nordic Electric Vehicle Outlook (NEVO) aims to identify and discuss recent developments of electric mobility in the five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The report assesses the current status of the electric car market, the deployment of charging infrastructure, and the integration with the electricity grid at country level. It analyses the role of European, national, and local policy frameworks in supporting these developments. The analysis also provides insights on consumer behaviour and includes an outlook on the progress of electric mobility in the Nordic region up to 2030.  Building on the Nordic experience, the report provides key insights for countries that are currently developing their electric mobility strategies.

Global EV Outlook 2017

Published: 6 June 2017

The Global EV Outlook 2017 provides insights on recent EV technology, market, and policy developments, in particular with regards to the sector's status outlined previously in Global EV Outlook 2016. Detailed information for the past five to ten years on EV registrations (vehicle sales), number of EVs on the road, and modal coverage across the most relevant global vehicle markets is provided. The analysis also looks at the availability and characteristics of Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE). The Global EV Outlook 2017 reports on battery cost and energy density improvements.

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D‌ownload previous Global EV Outlook reports: 2016 | 2015 Update | 2013

EVI Campaigns and Declarations

CEM 30@30 Campaign Logo

The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) announced a new campaign in 2017 called EV 30@30 to speed up the deployment of electric vehicles and target at least 30 percent new electric vehicle sales by 2030. In September 2018, the UK and seven major companies joined the EV30@30 Campaign, now totalling 11 member countries and 19 supporting companies and organisations.

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 CEM 3030 Campaign Document or a shorter brochure explaining the programme.

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

Read the full text of the declaration >

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, 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 the full text of the Declaration >

Publications from EVI Partners

EVI partner US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has published two reports looking at the integration of electric vehicles to the electrical grid.  These reports can be found here:  Critical Elements of Vehicle-to-Grid EconomicsAligning PEV Charging Times with Electricity Supply DemandVehicle Grid integration, Vehicle to Grid Cyber-security Brief and EV Fast Charging Infrastructure Brief‌.

Technology Roadmaps

The IEA has developed and regularly updates a series of global, low-carbon energy technology roadmaps which identify priority actions for governments, industry, financial partners and civil society that will advance technology development and uptake to achieve international climate change goals.

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Technology Roadmap: Electric and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (EV/PHEV)

Published: 17 June 2011

Electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles (EVs and PHEVs), if coupled with low greenhouse gas (GHG) electricity generation, can help cut energy (particularly petroleum) use and CO2 significantly, especially in the 2030-2050 timeframe – but key actions must begin now to achieve interim targets and thus substantial market shares in the long-term. The vision of this roadmap is to achieve widespread adoption and use of EVs and PHEVs worldwide by 2050, and if possible well before. The primary role of this EV/PHEV Roadmap is to help establish a vision for technology deployment; set approximate, feasible targets; and identify steps required to get there. It also outlines the role for different stakeholders and how they can work together to reach common objectives, and the role for government policy to support the process.

The analysis in the roadmap is based on IEA’s ETP 2DS scenario, updated in the IEA report Transport, Energy and CO2: Moving Toward Sustainability (Autumn 2009). This scenario targets a 50% reduction in CO2 worldwide by 2050 relative to 2005 levels. For transport, a 30% reduction is achieved via efficiency improvements, along with the introduction of new types of vehicles and fuels. For EVs and PHEVs, sales begin to grow rapidly after 2015 and reach a combined 7 million per year by 2020, and 100 million by 2050, over half of all cars sold around the world in that year.

Technology Roadmap: Hydrogen and Fuel Cells

Published: 30 June 2015

Hydrogen is an energy carrier that partly offers the advantages of fossil fuels – flexibility and energy density – with potentially a low carbon footprint. As a storehouse of low-carbon energy, it offers a means to integrate high shares of variable renewable electricity into the energy system. But as the IEA Technology Roadmap: Hydrogen and Fuel Cells explains, not only is hydrogen technology’s economic success uncertain, its necessary components are less advanced than those of many other low-carbon technologies.

But Technology Roadmap: Hydrogen and Fuel Cells also makes clear that hydrogen holds promise for some of the key challenges facing emissions reduction in sectors such as transport, industry and buildings, as well as the electricity system. The report details the steps governments, industry and researchers need to take to foster and track deployment of hydrogen technology, if it is to be a significant energy carrier by 2050.

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