We’ve certainly seen no shortage of work being done lately in the private sector around the world towards electric vehicles. What about governments though? How are they communicating with one another around future green cars and related infrastructure? That’s what a new international focus called the Electric Vehicles Initiative (EVI) is designed to help figure out.
The EVI, spelled out in detail at the Paris Auto Show, ties together some of the largest electric vehicle focused nations in the world, including China, France, Germany, Japan, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and the United States. The project initially came to life at the Clean Energy Ministerial in July 2010 in Washington DC. The initiative, which also involves the International Energy Agency (IEA), looks at a wide range of issues related to achieving “rapid market development of EV/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 one billion by 2050.”
Through the EVI agreed upon in principle by the eight nations, the following actions look to be set to occur in each country: 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. Some of these actions are already under way, and other countries at the meeting expressed support and may also join in the future.
Input into the EVI’s goals was taken from the IEA’s Advanced Vehicle Leadership Forum – a green roundtable held at the Paris Motor Show that involved 75 experts and representatives from 15 countries and from a wide range of areas including governments, cities, automobile and battery manufacturers as well as utility companies. Further specifics on plans will be unveiled at an upcoming conference in China next month.
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