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The transition to electric cars: How can policy pave the way?

[This post originally appeared on the website of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development on 19 October 2017.] The pronouncements keep coming. Policymakers in France, Germany,...Governments the world over face major challenges to reduce the health and environmental impacts from the transportation sector. Steering the car market to electric vehicles and ultimately zero-...
Published 2017.10.25: Blog Post

Expanding the electric vehicle market in U.S. cities

This paper assesses the U.S. electric vehicle market and the actions driving it, focusing on the 50 most populous U.S. metropolitan areas. This work analyzes the connections among various state and...
Published 2017.07.24: Publication

Barriers to the adoption of fuel-saving technologies in the trucking sector

Freight trucks are the backbone of most economies, because they are responsible for a significant portion of goods movement. Although freight trucks make up a relatively small percentage of the on-...
Published 2017.07.07: Publication

Lessons learned from Sweden’s electric vehicle rollercoaster

Sweden is a rising star in the electric vehicle (EV) world. Thanks to a combination of progressive policies and favorable market conditions, Sweden is following in the EV tracks of its trailblazing...Although the Swedish government is planning to introduce a feebate program in 2018, which will likely bring an end to the EV market rollercoaster, other countries can learn a valuable lesson from the...
Published 2017.02.14: Blog Post

Identifying the leading regional electric vehicle markets in the United States

This report identifies and quantifies various metrics regarding the auto markets with highest electric vehicle shares by region in the U.S. The work uniquely identifies smaller and medium size...
Published 2016.11.10: Publication

Sustaining electric vehicle market growth in U.S. cities

This report analyzes the state of the electric vehicle market development and the actions that are driving it. Within the report, thirty-three unique city, state, and utility electric vehicle...
Published 2016.10.21: Publication

The power of vehicle taxation schemes

In an earlier blog post, I wrote about the current vehicle market structure in Turkey and also mentioned that purchasing and owning a vehicle in Turkey is quite expensive, mainly due to the high...Changing the vehicle taxation scheme in Turkey from one based on engine displacement to one that uses CO2 emissions as the underlying metric would help to overcome the current market hurdle for low-...
Published 2016.08.18: Blog Post

Principles for effective electric vehicle incentive design

Faced with declining air quality and their own climate goals, many governments around the world have sought to accelerate the market for electric vehicles. There are various tools used by the...
Published 2016.06.22: Publication

Reducing CO2 emissions from road transport in the European Union: An evaluation of policy options

The European Union’s 2030 climate and energy framework requires the transport, building and agriculture sectors to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 30 percent below a 2005 baseline by 2030. This...
Published 2016.06.01: Publication

Germany, sleeping giant of electric vehicles, awakes

The German government confirmed an incentive scheme for electric vehicles (EVs) on May 18. That’s a big step for the European – and global – EV market. Here’s why. Germany is the largest car market...Germany is the largest car market in the EU, and German automakers exert tremendous influence on R&D in the global auto industry. So new EV incentives the German government recently announced are...
Published 2016.05.31: Blog Post

Comparison of leading electric vehicle policy and deployment in Europe

This study investigates consumer incentives for electric vehicles (EVs), including plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs), in the five largest EV markets in...
Published 2016.05.26: Publication

2015 Global electric vehicle trends: Which markets are up (the most)

Judging from what we see of automakers' product planning, they are continuing to emphasize electrification even though oil prices seem unlikely to recover anytime soon. Late in 2015, Volkswagen chose...The state of the EV market in 2015: Countries with relatively high EV sales, as a percentage of new vehicle sales, remained high while others with lower EV sales were still catching up.
Published 2016.05.18: Blog Post

A baseline analysis of the Turkish vehicle market

We know quite a bit about vehicle markets in some parts of the world: the United States, Europe, China, to note the most important examples. Some of the information comes from government, some from...Turkey, the world’s largest manufacturer of buses and also among the top manufacturers of passenger cars and trucks, is a growing and potentially large vehicle market. How it develops will matter a...
Published 2016.03.18: Blog Post

Brazil's Inovar-Auto fiscal incentive program updates

In October 2012, the Brazilian government approved by decree a new program to encourage vehicle technology innovation. Inovar-Auto fosters industrial competitiveness by encouraging automakers to...
Published 2015.11.11: Publication

Effects of off-cycle credits on passenger vehicle efficiency in Brazil

In October 2012, Brazil’s Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC) approved a policy to foster vehicle technology innovation and industrial competitiveness. Inovar-Auto provides...
Published 2015.11.11: Publication

Big cars, bigger troubles

An increase in the excise duty in India has caused car prices there to rise since the beginning of this year. India's excise duty is based on vehicle size — specifically, length and engine...India’s increase in the excise duty and absence of LCV fuel-efficiency standards may lead some manufacturers to categorize some models as LCVs to avoid the fuel-efficiency standards. 
Published 2015.02.03: Blog Post

Low oil prices, high time to move off of diesel subsidies

As markets around the world adjust to the decline in global oil prices, there is at least one positive outcome for clean transportation: dropping prices have helped the governments of India and...Indonesia has an opportunity to smoothly transition to more ambitious reforms of its fuel subsidy system. From a public health standpoint, the best course would be to eliminate subsidies entirely...
Published 2014.12.23: Blog Post

Evaluation of state-level U.S. electric vehicle incentives

Many U.S. states offer incentives to encourage consumers to purchase electric vehicles. Are these various incentives beginning to significantly influence electric vehicle adoption rates? In this...
Published 2014.10.31: Publication

Does biodiesel really need a tax credit?

Prices of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs)—essentially tradable credits used for compliance with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)—have hovered around 50 cents since early this year for all...The behavior of RIN prices is starting to make it look as if the biodiesel tax credit is not only redundant but may actually be creating windfall profits for the industry.
Published 2014.07.31: Blog Post

The 4th Sino-US Workshop on Motor Vehicle Pollution Prevention and Control

On June 9-10, 2014, the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) and the Vehicle Emission Control Center of the Ministry of Environmental Protection (VECC-MEP) co-sponsored the 4th Sino-...
Published 2014.06.30: Event

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