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Global EV Outlook 2017

Global EV Outlook 2017
Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Key Activities

To encourage progress towards its goal of facilitating the global deployment of 20 million electric vehicles (EVs) by 2020, EVI supports pilot projects, analyzes key technology and investment gaps, and encourages the exchange of information such as best practices, deployment targets, and research and demonstration results.

  • Responding to a call from Ministers and industry leaders at the fourth Clean Energy Ministerial in 2013, EVI and the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) are working together to study EV impacts on the electric grid under various charging scenarios in order to better understand the challenges and potential benefits of large-scale EV integration with power systems.
  • EVI and partners are launching a second edition of the EV City Casebook, which will highlight the most innovative ideas to further electric mobility and recognize best practice projects in advancing electric vehicle adoption.
  • EVI collects, analyzes, and disseminates data from EVI member governments and cities. It continues to strengthen cooperation with other organizations that share the goal of accelerating EV market penetration in cities and regions, particularly through the World EV Cities and Ecosystems web portal.
  • EVI also continues to pursue a robust public-private dialogue, focusing on the most pressing challenges, prioritizing action needed to address those challenges, and coordinating next steps.


  • In May 2014, EVI released the report Assessing and Accelerating Vehicle Deployment in India, which analyzes the real-world benefits and costs of vehicle electrification in India. The research uses Indian driving patterns and advanced modeling to determine the potential fuel savings of hybrid and all-electric vehicles in the Indian market. The work also pioneers a methodology for other governments to use to better design data-driven EV policies, such as optimally siting EV charging infrastructure in urban areas.
  • EVI and ISGAN convened a joint expert workshop in 2013 to focus on the challenges and opportunities of integrating EVs and smart grid components into the overall power system.
  • The Global EV Outlook, a comprehensive collection of national-level data on electric vehicle (EV) deployment was released in April 2013 at the fourth Clean Energy Ministerial. The report presents primary data collected from EVI member governments and highlights the global progress in EV deployment around the world. It also identifies the most significant challenges to EV integration as well as policy and technology opportunities to address those challenges. With this information, EVI is assembling a unique global fact base on the growing EV market, tracking its progress, and identifying important market trends and developments.
  • The EV City Casebook, published in May 2012 by EVI and partner organizations, provides illustrative case studies focused on city and regional EV deployment efforts from 16 cities and regions across nine countries and three continents. The Casebook has also been translated and released in Chinese.
  • The World EV Cities and Ecosystems Web portal was launched by EVI and partner organizations to accelerate the global push toward cleaner, electrified transportation. This first-of-its-kind web portal connects policy makers and practitioners to help them access information about local policies, incentives, programs, and consumer behaviors; share quantitative and qualitative information about their experiences; and increase collaboration.
  • EVI convenes an annual EV Cities Forum rotating among EVI member countries that brings together local leaders from across the globe to share experiences and solutions for EV deployment in cities and regions. China hosted the first international EV Cities Forum during the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show and additional Forums were convened in Los Angeles, California, in 2012 and again in Shanghai in 2013.
  • EVI initiated the Global Electric Vehicle Insight Exchange (EVX) between leading global EV readiness initiatives including the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Project Get Ready; Task 18 of the International Energy Agency’s (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 these international networks to coordinate efforts, leverage existing resources and participants, and disseminate best EV deployment practices to global stakeholders.
  • EVI and the IEA Implementing Agreement on Hybrid and Electric Vehicles signed a letter of intent in order to leverage their complementary efforts and share information on city-level deployment activities and best practices.
  • The engagement of the private sector and other stakeholders is crucial to creating and sustaining momentum in EV adoption. An example of EVI’s efforts in this area is a public-private roundtable convened in Stuttgart, Germany, in October 2012. Representatives from major automakers and EVI member governments came together to share ideas about how governments and industry can collaborate to increase EV deployment around the world. The discussion centered on how to ensure favorable long-term market conditions, encourage consumer adoption, and better coordinate existing EV efforts.