International electric vehicle initiative launched


Nobuo Tanaka,
Executive Director,
Paris, France — (METERING.COM) — October 4, 2010 – A new “Electric Vehicles Initiative” has been launched by a consortium including the International Energy Agency (IEA) and eight countries, China, France, Germany, Japan, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and the United States.

The project, which was initiated at the Clean Energy Ministerial in July 2010 in Washington DC, is intended to provide a platform for global cooperation on the development and deployment of electric vehicles.

With rapid market development there could be 20 million electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles on the world’s roads by 2020, the IEA has estimated. And if this development is maintained, the numbers could exceed 200 million by 2030 and one billion by 2050 – a trajectory forming a key element for the IEA Blue Map scenario target of halving CO2 emissions by 2050 compared to 2005 levels.

The eight participating countries have agreed to:

  • Launch a pilot cities program to promote electric vehicles demonstrations in urban areas and share information on progress and outcomes
  • Increase information sharing on funding levels and other features of research and development programs, and
  • Collect and share information on electric vehicle 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. Initial EVI outputs are planned for presentation at the Shanghai Motor Show in April 2011. These are expected to include an international city dialogue forum, a comparison of EV/PHEV demonstration projects and the unveiling of an international EV/PHEV indicators database.

“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. “It will help to create the enabling environment to meet international targets, track progress and ensure long-term success for EV/PHEVs.

The initiative was launched during the IEA’s Advanced Vehicle Leadership Forum on EVs and PHEVs at the Paris Motor Show (Salon mondial de l’automobile) last week.