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[Press release] Public-private “SuperTruck” effort demonstrating 50% vehicle-efficiency gains in U.S. heavy truck fleet

Interim progress reported by four truck industry consortia participating in the DoE-sponsored R&D program shows that industry is on track toward efficiency goals—putting 10+ mpg average tractor-...
Published 2014.06.10: News

补贴并非万全之策,中国需要什么样的新能源汽车激励政策?

尽管2013年新能源汽车 (即电动汽车)的销售量超过17500辆,在近期一篇ICCT的研究中,中国的电动汽车市场在研究的11个国家中发展较为缓慢:相对于中国庞大且飞速增长的机动车市场,轻型电动汽车占乘用车销售量的比例仅不到0.1%。其中,纯电动汽车(BEV)占轻型新能源车市场的80%,远远高于插电式混合动力车(PHEV)。此外,中国市场上的大部分轻型电动汽车为政府公务车和出租车,而并非私人购买。...中国需要深入了解不同激励措施的角色及其可能引发的市场反馈。建立综合的电动汽车发展战略不仅可以支持电动汽车早期引入,也为长期电动汽车向成熟市场进军做准备。
Published 2014.05.07: 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

Hybrids break through in the Japan auto market

Japan’s 2012 passenger vehicle fuel economy guide is out (Japanese only), and for those interested in these matters it provides much food for thought. The most striking finding is that the fuel...Overall, fuel economy has improved by more than 70% in Japan since 1995, and the rate of improvement has averaged 6% annually over the past five years. Much of that can be attributed to the rise of...
Published 2014.04.04: 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

Driving down the cost of hybrid systems, €10 at a time

I blogged last month about the 2015 aluminum body Ford F150, one of the most important innovations in vehicle design and manufacturing to happen in a very long time. Among other things, I was trying...The cost of the P2 hybrid motor/generator and clutch assembly subsystem has fallen about 14% in just three years. It’s increasingly clear that we’re in an era in which the pace of vehicle technology...
Published 2014.02.25: Blog Post

A new era in vehicle design and manufacturing

The 2015 F150 pickup truck unveiled by Ford at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show is perhaps the most significant vehicle redesign introduced in the last century. The Toyota Prius may be just as significant...How big a deal is the 2015 F-150 with its aluminum body and lightweight frame? Think Model T.
Published 2014.01.14: Blog Post

Is hydrogen transportation gaining momentum?

A recent spate of news in the US, EU, and Japan about commitments to expand hydrogen infrastructure and provide more funding for fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) research and development has renewed...The spate of news from the US, EU, and Japan on commitments to expand hydrogen infrastructure and fund fuel-cell vehicle R&D would argue "yes".
Published 2013.12.04: Blog Post

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

EU Vehicle Market Statistics, 2013 Pocketbook

The ICCT recently published the 2013 edition of its European Vehicle Market Statistics Pocketbook (see here). In this webinar, Peter Mock, managing director of ICCT Europe and editor of the...
Published 2013.11.26: Event

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

Renewed and enhanced subsidies for energy-efficient vehicles in China

In order to increase the market share of clean, energy-efficient, advanced technology vehicles, the Chinese government offers various fiscal incentives (“market-pull” measures) to complement...
Published 2013.11.22: Publication

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

The art of cooking popcorn and the 2013 EU statistical pocketbook

Futurist Lars Thomsen gave a speech at the AVL “Engine & Environment” conference in September that has drawn quite a bit of favorable attention (like here). Thomsen has a lot of interesting...Some highlights from the new edition of our annual profile of the European vehicle market.
Published 2013.10.28: Blog Post

European vehicle market statistics, 2013

Update: The 2014 edition of the EU Pocketbook is now available here. The European Vehicle Market Statistics Pocketbook offers an annually updated, statistical portrait of passenger car and light...
Published 2013.10.28: Publication

Full-throttle into the future: New data should turbocharge cars CO2 debate

Statistics confirm what personal observation suggests: Efficient vehicles are available today in Europe in significant and growing numbers. And for that reason, the CO2 emissions targets for 2020...
Published 2013.10.28: News

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

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