initiatives / Electric Vehicles


The general term “electric vehicle” or “electric drive” takes in several specific vehicle types: all-electric (sometimes called battery-electric), plug-in hybrid electric, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Electric vehicles are superior to conventional gasoline and diesel vehicles in at least three ways. First, they are several times more efficient in converting energy into vehicle movement. Second, they are much more compatible with renewable energy sources. Third, at least potentially they produce no emissions at the vehicle, and much lower lifecycle (“well to wheel”) emissions.

These are the cars of the future, and they are just beginning to get traction in the market today. In 2010 total sales numbered in the hundreds; now there are dozens of models available, and new ones are on the way every year. In all likelihood, cumulative global electric vehicle sales will reach one million by late 2015.

Motives for accelerating the transition to an electric fleet are diverse. Electric vehicles hold out the promise of dramatically lower oil consumption, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and clean air. National governments and private industry are competing for leadership in the advanced technologies that go in to electric vehicles. Most long-term planning scenarios indicate that the global vehicle fleet will have to be almost entirely made up of electric-drive vehicles, powered mostly by renewable power sources, by 2050 if the world is to avoid worst-case global climate-change scenarios.

Featured Work



Recently Released

Integrating electric vehicles within U.S. and European efficiency regulations
Evaluates options for integrating electric vehicles into U.S. and European efficiency regulations based on cost-effectiveness and emission-reduction implications.
Working paper
Update: California's electric vehicle market
Summarizes the status of electric vehicle market in California through 2016, quantifying electric vehicle market growth across California cities and metropolitan areas.
Adjustment to subsidies for new energy vehicles in China
Details subsidies for manufacturers rather than end users and features the phase down of a national subsidy, tightened vehicle qualification requirements, improved incentive design, and robust anti-fraud and enforcement measures...
Policy update

From the ICCT Blogs

Subsidy fraud leads to reforms for China’s EV market
Policy adjustments, created largely in response to the high-profile subsidy fraud scandal, mark major reforms for China’s EV market. As an old Chinese saying goes, “A loss may turn out to be a gain.” After being struck by this scandal, China’s EV market may find the right path toward a prosperous future.
Staff Blog
A surprising key to unlocking the electric vehicle market: Utilities
One increasingly important – and perhaps unexpected – leader in the quest to figure things out may be your local electric power utility. Utilities are starting to see how the flexibility of electric vehicles can turn them into an asset for making the grid more efficient and profitable.
Staff Blog
Cities compete to claim title of world EV capital
Perhaps now more than ever we should look to cities for innovative transportation policies. As attractive new electric models hit markets everywhere, more cities can learn from each other about what measures work to fuel the nascent zero-emission vehicle market. The world needs it now more than ever.
Staff Blog

The Staff

Anup Bandivadekar
Anup Bandivadekar
Program Director / India Lead
Dale Hall
Dale Hall
Program Associate, Electric Vehicles
Nic Lutsey
Nic Lutsey
Program Director / US Co-Lead
Peter Mock
Peter Mock
Europe Managing Director / EU Lead
Peter Slowik
Peter Slowik
Associate Researcher