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Italy’s car market needs to make a U-turn

Between minuscule electric vehicle (EV) sales, growing diesel shares, and Italian carmakers’ struggle to curb carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, Italy seems to be heading in the...Between minuscule electric vehicle (EV) sales, growing diesel shares, and Italian carmakers’ struggle to curb carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, there is no doubt that Italy is...
Published 2017.09.18: Blog Post

Subsidy fraud leads to reforms for China’s EV market

As the largest auto market in the world, China has been committed to promoting electric vehicles (EVs) since 2009; the country aims to have 5 million EVs on Chinese roads by 2020. To reach this...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...
Published 2017.05.30: Blog Post

A surprising key to unlocking the electric vehicle market: Utilities

There’s no doubt about it: Electric vehicles are on the rise. But for every story about the inevitability of electric vehicles, there’s another one about the barriers. Cost, charging, and consumer...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...
Published 2017.03.21: Blog Post

Cities compete to claim title of world EV capital

Perhaps now more than ever we should look to cities for innovative transportation policies. Cities face transport issues up close, and I don’t mean potholes, tolls, traffic, and parking. Roadways of...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...
Published 2017.03.06: Blog Post

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

The rise of electric vehicles: The second million

In late 2015, we heralded the first million electric vehicles taking to the road around the world. In January 2017, cumulative global electric vehicles sales already reached the second million. As...This month, cumulative global electric vehicle sales reached two million. What can we say at this milestone about where and how the EV market is developing?
Published 2017.01.31: Blog Post

Diesels dip, electric vehicles rise in Germany

The last 1.5 years have been eventful for Europe’s largest car market. “Eventful” may sound like a nice way of saying that German car brands are the centerpiece of one of the largest scandals in...The theme that ties together the good and the bad headlines emanating from Germany is that the car market is changing, from diesel engines—the German car industry’s bread and butter—to electric...
Published 2016.12.09: Blog Post

The next generation of electric vehicles is on the way

Anyone in the market for a new electric vehicle may feel overwhelmed by the multitude of recent automaker announcements unveiling new consumer options. Proponents of electric vehicles are bound to...Electric vehicle metrics like range and cost are expected to continue to dramatically improve over the next few years as the next-generation technology emerges. In turn, these cost reductions will...
Published 2016.11.15: Blog Post

Mapping U.S. electric vehicle markets and public policy

2016 has been a politically eventful year for electric vehicles in the United States. A few examples serve to sketch a picture of an active policy frontier. Major consumer incentive programs in...Consumer subsidies, charging infrastructure, non-financial incentives, model availability, and outreach and awareness activities across the 50 most populous metro areas as we near the end of a...
Published 2016.11.11: Blog Post

The ascent of electric vehicles in California

We’ve seen some mixed signals in California on electric vehicles this summer. First, California lawmakers put the electric vehicle consumer rebates on hold. Then there were questions about whether...Sacramento provided a little bit of a roller coaster for EVs in California this summer. But our analysis of the data shows that the diffusion of EVs in the market could ultimately be the much more...
Published 2016.09.11: Blog Post

The world turns to electric vehicles

It seems the world can’t shift quickly enough to electric vehicles. Within the past few months there has been a steady drumbeat of stories about possible bans on combustion vehicles, prompting calls...Progression to a robust electric vehicle market is happening, and the world is turning, but the question that remains is how fast? And the answer largely depends on if everyone – governments,...
Published 2016.06.22: Blog Post

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

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

Things are electric in Amsterdam

Everyone knows that Amsterdam is a uniquely liberated place. Fresh off a trip to the Netherlands’ capital, I can say it’s downright electric. The Netherlands is hosting the European Union Presidency...Famously liberal Amsterdam is freeing itself from one more thing: There are few places on the planet where you can observe the transition to an electric vehicle fleet more clearly than here.
Published 2016.04.25: Blog Post

Building the electric vehicle market, one city at a time

The transition to an electric vehicle fleet is underway. 2015 was a big year: Global electric vehicle sales grew from about 300,000 in 2014 to well over 500,000 in 2015. Europe saw electric vehicle...The if, where, when, how, and why of electric vehicle market growth is still coming into focus.
Published 2016.03.24: Blog Post

Turning over a new leaf: Electric vehicle carbon emissions

A few times a year, a news story appears about electric vehicles having high carbon emissions, throwing doubt onto electric vehicles' ability to play a major part in any low-carbon transportation...EV sales are up globally, and electrical grid emissions keeping getting lower.
Published 2016.01.19: Blog Post

Promoting electric vehicles in Korea

When we published this study last year on fiscal policy incentives for electric vehicles (EVs) offered in various vehicle markets around the world, we were not able to include information on South...Together, the direct subsidies and both national and local tax incentives available to BEV buyers add up to a substantial monetary benefit of almost 4.2 million won (~$3,818).
Published 2016.01.19: Blog Post

Going electric: A future with billions of tons less carbon

With over a million electric vehicles now on the world's roads, and the Paris Climate Summit nearing a much-anticipated climate deal, it’s a good moment to contemplate the potential of EVs as one of...The potential is there to halve transport carbon emissions in 2050 and bring the sector in line with 2°C climate stabilization scenarios.
Published 2015.12.11: Blog Post

Oregon is an unconventional success story for electric vehicles

How can governments stimulate electric vehicle (EV) markets? Our research over the past year in the United States at both state level and city level shows that consumer incentives are a key driver...Oregon has become one of the leading U.S. states for electric vehicle sales without offering significant fiscal incentives, instead relying on innovative promotion activities.
Published 2015.11.03: Blog Post

Where electric vehicles make the most dollars and sense

How, and how quickly, battery electric vehicles (BEVs) will make sense from a household financial perspective, as well as an environmental one, is a question that interests a lot of people these days...In some U.S. cities, owning and operating an electric vehicle may be cheaper than comparable gasoline models. Government policies play a key role.
Published 2015.10.13: Blog Post

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