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Electric vehicles are several times more efficient in converting energy into vehicle movement than conventional gasoline and diesel vehicles. They are much more compatible with renewable energy sources. They can produce no emissions at the vehicle and much lower life-cycle (“well to wheel”) emissions. Accordingly, businesses, governments, and non-governmental organizations are turning to electric vehicles to dramatically lower oil use, reduce carbon pollution, eliminate local air pollution, and spur economic development. Cumulative global electric vehicle sales since 2010 reached one million in late 2015 and two million in January 2017. Long-term planning scenarios indicate that the global vehicle fleet will have to be almost entirely made up of electric vehicles, powered mostly by renewable sources, by 2050 if the world is to avoid worst-case global climate-change scenarios.

The ICCT’s electric vehicle program aims to understand and describe what policies and incentives are most effective in the early growth stages for the global electric vehicle market. We analyze trends in electric-vehicle technologies and in vehicle markets; evaluate how regulation, tax incentives, non-fiscal promotional policies, and infrastructure are helping to drive the electric vehicle market; and compare the different policy approaches across countries and cities around the world to better understand the emerging best practices to accelerate the transition to electric drive.

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Analysis of subnational level policy actions promoting electric vehicle sales in 30 Chinese cities.

An overview of electric vehicle fast-charging installed around the world and what the future might hold going forward, including charging power, grid constraints, installation costs, and business models.

Analysis of electric vehicle market development in the U.S. and the policy and promotion actions that are driving it.

2018.10.18

Analysis of subnational level policy actions promoting electric vehicle sales in 30 Chinese cities.

Publication: White paper
2018.10.08
Northern Sweden’s countryside is clad in peculiar mountains, called "fells" (fjäll).
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2018.10.01
As the world turns to electric vehicles, several markets stand out as leaders in the transition.
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2018.09.06
As clean energy policy and business leaders convene in San Francisco for the September 12-14 Global Climate Action Summit, few topics of discussion are as hot as how to transition to el
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2018.08.13

A full day of transport-related events affiliated with the Global Climate Action Summit

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2018.08.01

An overview of electric vehicle fast-charging installed around the world and what the future might hold going forward, including charging power, grid constraints, installation costs, and business models.

Publication: White paper
2018.07.24

Analysis of electric vehicle market development in the U.S. and the policy and promotion actions that are driving it.

Publication: White paper
2018.07.18

Discusses the potential of zero-emission technologies to reduce emissions from non-road transport, including aviation, maritime, off-road, and rail.

Publication: Working paper
2018.07.09
Iceland is a small country by measures like population and population density. But such measures do not always tell the full tale.
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2018.06.21
In order to promote the uptake of electrified vehicles, the European Commission included targets for zero-and low-emission vehicles (ZLEV) in its recent regulatory proposal for the time period up to 2030.
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