Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 05, 2012
Today, The Global Electric Vehicle Insight Exchange (EVX) debuts at the World EV Cities and Ecosystems Conference co-hosted by the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, launching the first international EV City Casebook and web portal to accelerate the global push toward cleaner, electrified transportation.
A partnership between leading global electric vehicle (EV) readiness initiatives—Rocky Mountain Institute’s Project Get Ready, The Clean Energy Ministerial Electric Vehicles Initiative (EVI), The International Energy Agency (IEA), Task 18 of IEA’s Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Implementing Agreement, and the University of California, Davis Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center—EVX pools resources and expertise from an international network of cities and regions to identify the best ways to capture the benefits of EVs such as energy security, economic development and environmental health.
In 2009, transportation accounted for one-fifth of global primary energy use.
“Globally, cities and regions are embracing electric vehicles because they offer one of the most promising technologies to decrease our dependence on oil, reduce pollution and help consumers save money on gasoline," said Paul Telleen, of the U.S. Department of Energy, which represents the United States in EVI.
Major urban areas around the world have committed to make electric mobility a reality, and are ambitiously pushing toward deployment goals using innovative policy measures and programs. Due largely to these efforts, about 40,000 EVs/PHEVs were sold worldwide in 2011—more than any year in history.
But, with cumulative national targets for EV/PHEV sales adding up to almost 6 million by 2020, there is still a long way to go.
“Even in leading international cities, EVs only account for .3 percent (in Amsterdam) and .25 percent (in Portland) of currently registered vehicles,” said Ben Holland, manager of RMI’s Project Get Ready. “It is clear that a coordinated global effort is required.”
The EV City Casebook and World EV Cities and Ecosystems Web Portal—both of which are the result of collaboration under EVX—aim to aid the exchange of international best practices to accelerate global EV adoption.
EV City Casebook
In recognition of the unique role that urban areas play in making an electric future possible for its citizens, The EV City Casebook provides an accessible look at the global electric vehicle movement by detailing the local policies, incentives, programs, and customer behaviors in 16 cities and regions across nine countries and three continents.
“These pioneering cities and regions have managed to capture 30 percent of the early global EV market, and know what’s working so far,” said Tali Trigg, Energy Analyst with the International Energy Agency. “Whether motivated by job creation, consumer demand, improved mobility, or benefits to air quality and the environment—any city of any size and population mix can begin EV deployment using the lessons learned in the Casebook.”
The World EV Cities and Ecosystems Web Portal
The World EV Cities and Ecosystems web portal is a first of-its-kind website that captures EV deployment progress in cities worldwide—starting with the cities profiled in the Casebook—and serves as a central hub to harmonize efforts, and leverage existing resources and participants to help disseminate EV best practices worldwide.
“Using the new web portal, cities that are making progress can share their experiences-to-date,” said Tom Turrentine, Director of the UC Davis Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center. “Data on the impacts of policies or consumer behavior is incredibly valuable for city planners, but it was spread too far and wide to draw significant connections. Now they have all of this information in one place.”
The World EV Cities and Ecosystems Web Portal is available at http://www.worldevcities.org