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The EV future—already here, just not evenly distributed yet?

It is an exciting time in the electric vehicle market, with sales rising globally and the number of models multiplying. The US remains the world leader in total EV sales, while Norway is way out in...Some interesting patterns start to emerge if you look at the top US cities for electric vehicle sales.
Published 2015.05.12: Blog Post

2014 fuel price turbulence didn’t pull the plug on EVs

Among the biggest stories of 2014 was the crash in global oil prices. Just when it looked like the world had started to take $100/barrel oil for granted, prices plunged by 50 percent. Some speculated...The global vehicle market continued its strong uptake of EVs in 2014, despite the collapse in oil price. 
Published 2015.04.28: Blog Post

Electric vehicle incentives, chargers, and sales: What we see and what we don’t (yet)

In the US, ambitious state goals and national goals for electric vehicle (EV) adoption have challenged automakers and policymakers to find new ways to encourage consumers to choose EVs over...As local and state governments experiment with ways to encourage EV sales, analysts are pulling together all the data we can find, looking for patterns to identify the best practices in EV policy.
Published 2015.03.25: Blog Post

What cities are leading the charge on electric vehicles?

Occasionally we get glimpses into automakers’ plans to deploy more electric vehicles (EVs). Nissan is now offering free charging in 12 US cities to help accelerate its record-setting LEAF sales. BMW...Kicking off a city-focused project to assess what's going on, what's working, and what could be done better to promote EVs.
Published 2014.11.25: 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

Electric vehicle markets have their ups and downs (2014 YTD update)

In this study published earlier this year we ranked electric-vehicle market shares in 12 regions in 2012 and 2013 and summarized tax credits and other incentives available to EV buyers. But policies...The first six months of 2014 saw an interesting divergence in the top two EV markets, a big sales jump in Sweden, and steady-state to modest market growth elsewhere. So, what's going on? Let's take a...
Published 2014.08.11: Blog Post

Let’s update US fuel policy to promote electric vehicles (Part II)

We’ve argued elsewhere (see here and here) that the U.S. should take steps to include renewable electricity for electric vehicles under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Last week, EPA took a small...Last week EPA finalized a new pathway for biogas electricity used in electric vehicles, a step that could potentially open up new avenues to incentivizing more types of low carbon fuels in...
Published 2014.07.08: Blog Post

If subsidies are no panacea, how to incentivize electric vehicles in China?

Even with more than 17,500 electric vehicles (EVs) sold in 2013, China is among the slower EV markets of the eleven examined in a recent ICCT study: light-duty EVs amount to less than 0.1 percent of...China needs a better understanding of the roles of different incentives and the corresponding market response. A comprehensive EV strategy must support not only early adopters but also a long-term...
Published 2014.05.06: Blog Post

Fiscal incentives spurring electric vehicles sales, but in widely divergent ways

Electric vehicle sales worldwide in 2013 approximately doubled from 2012 levels, to about 200,000. But that global trend masks significant variation in sales and growth rates across the major auto...
Published 2014.05.06: News

Driving electrification: A global comparison of fiscal policy for electric vehicles

This study is the first to evaluate the response to fiscal incentives that governments in major vehicle markets worldwide have deployed to promote plug-in electric vehicles. It offers a synthesis of...
Published 2014.05.05: Publication

Show vehicles or all-in: Differing electric vehicle strategies emerge

The other day I had the pleasure of sitting on a panel to discuss the future of electric vehicles (EVs). Mostly our audience was in the financial sector, rather than ICCT’s standard research and...The discussion at a panel last week on the future of EVs highlighted the different approaches automakers are taking toward rolling out new plug-in electric vehicle models.
Published 2014.04.22: Blog Post

Transitioning to Electric Drive Vehicles

This report builds on a previous analysis of the transition to electric drive light-duty vehicles in California and the Section 177 states that have adopted California’s Zero Emission Vehicle...
Published 2014.03.12: Publication

Don't count out hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles

Perhaps somewhat lost in all the exciting news about recent successful launches of all the new plug-in electric vehicles are the recent equally promising developments on the other electric vehicle:...Perhaps somewhat lost in the buzz about recent successful launches of new plug-in EVs are the equally promising developments on the other electric vehicle.
Published 2013.11.26: Blog Post

Electric vehicles on the rise in California

What a difference a decade makes. Ten years ago, the ZEV mandate was in retreat, there were only meager demonstration offerings by auto companies for electric vehicles, and automakers were even...What a difference a decade makes. The LA Auto Show was abuzz with plug-in EVs in a cornucopiea of shapes, sizes, and makes. And Sen. Fran Pavley got an award from the Alliance for Automobile...
Published 2013.11.25: Blog Post

More thoughts on the hype cycle and electric vehicles

The other day I was quoted in an item in the New Yorker's Currency blog on why electric vehicles have “stalled.” It's an interesting piece as far as it goes (and of course it's nice to get quoted in...EVs are long-term solutions, whose success will ultimately be determined not by current expectations but by our commitment to long-range planning, steady technological development, and far-sighted...
Published 2013.10.29: Blog Post

Integrating electric vehicles with the grid

Summarizes a study of key drivers of electric vehicle adoption, with an emphasis on vehicle-charging scenarios and infrastructure and an eye toward identifying options that can maximize benefits from...
Published 2013.09.23: Publication

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicle infrastructure

This informal workshop addressed global challenges and opportunities for the deployment of hydrogen infrastructure to support the early commercial fuel cell electric vehicle market. A number of...
Published 2012.10.13: Event

Calculating electric drive vehicle GHG emissions

Calculating the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributable to the production of electricity and hydrogen used to power electric drive vehicles is important for understanding the role such vehicles...
Published 2012.08.24: Publication

The Rise and Fall (and Rise, and Fall) of Electric Vehicles

The Center for Automotive Research in Michigan recently cancelled its 2012 annual electric vehicle conference, with the conference co-director stating “We see the hype and the activity, but there...Opinions regarding the future of electric vehicles cycle between periods of enthusiastic optimism and bouts of near despair. For those new to the conversation some history is in order. 
Published 2012.06.14: Blog Post

Statement on Chevy Volt fires, 25 January 2012

ICCT Senior Fellow John German's testimony to the Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight & Government Spending on the Chevy Volt fires, "Volt Vehicle Fires: What Did NHTSA Know...
Published 2012.01.27: News

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