IEA Forum at Paris Motor Show launches Electric Vehicles Initiative

(Paris) — 1 October 2010

A new initiative, the “Electric Vehicles Initiative” was launched today at the Paris Motor Show (Salon mondial de l’automobile), by a consortium including the International Energy Agency (IEA) and eight countries: China, France, Germany, Japan, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and the United States.

The project which was initiated at the Clean Energy Ministerial in July 2010 in Washington DC, received useful inputs from discussions during the IEA’s Advanced Vehicle Leadership Forum – a two-day roundtable on Electric and Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles (EVs and PHEVs) held at the Paris Motor Show, involving 75 experts and high-level representatives from 15 countries and from a wide range of areas including governments, cities, automobile and battery manufacturers as well as utility companies (see full list of attendees in annex). The governments discussed a range of issues related to achieving rapid market development of EV/PHEVs around the world, to reach a combined target estimated by the IEA to be about 20 million EVs and PHEVs on the road by 2020. According to the IEA, this target would put global EV/PHEV stock on a trajectory, if maintained, to exceed 200 million by 2030 and one billion by 2050. This trajectory is a key element for the entire global economy to achieve the G8-supported, IEA Blue Map scenario target of halving of CO2 emissions in 2050 compared to 2005 levels.

“This initiative and event demonstrate the high-level commitment and determination of both governments and industry to make advanced, clean vehicles a reality,” said IEA Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka. He was joined on the panel by Jean-Louis Borloo (Ministre d’Etat, Minister for Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Marine Affairs, responsible for Green Technology and Climate Negotiations, France), Carlos Ghosn (President Director General, Renault-Nissan Alliance), Pierre Lederer (Group Senior Executive Vice President, Electricité de France), David Sandalow (Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs, Department of Energy, United States), Teresa Santero (Secretary General for Industry, Spain), and moderator Julia King (Vice-Chancellor, Aston University, United Kingdom). “To achieve a sustainable energy future, we need to transform global transport,” said Mr. Tanaka and added: “This initiative will help to create the enabling environment to meet international targets, track progress and ensure long-term success for EV/PHEVs. With a team like this, we have great momentum going forward”. US Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs David Sandalow said: "Todays first meeting of the Electric Vehicles Initiative is part of the continued commitment of the United States and our partners to widely deploy electric vehicles by 2020, which will help spur new industries and innovation, create good paying jobs and strengthen the economy while cutting carbon pollution."

The eight countries reaffirmed their commitment to the Electric Vehicles Initiative (EVI), and other countries at the meeting expressed support and may also join in the future. The EVI will provide a platform for global cooperation on the development and deployment of electric vehicles. Participating countries have agreed to:

  • Launch a pilot cities program to promote electric vehicles demonstrations in urban areas and share information on progress and outcomes;
  • Increase information sharing on funding levels and other features of research and development programs; and
  • Collect and share information on electric vehicle deployment targets and related indicators, as well as best practices and policies, to enable rapid progress toward those targets.

Some actions by participating countries have already been launched. In a video address, Wan Gang (Minister for Science and Technology, China) said, “The Chinese Government plans to select Shanghai and Shenzhen as international pilot cities and welcomes foreign and domestic partners to start trial operations with their electric vehicles in China.”

The EVI will soon initiate specific activities in each of these three areas, with more detailed plans to be presented at the Electric Vehicle Symposium-25 conference in Shenzhen, China in November 2010. Initial EVI outputs are planned for presentation at the Shanghai Motor Show in April 2011. These are expected to include an international city dialogue forum, a comparison of EV/PHEV demonstration projects and the unveiling of an international EV/PHEV indicators database.

Closing the high-level roundtable, Mr. Tanaka concluded, “This initiative will help to provide the impetus. I look forward to seeing you at the second AVLF Roundtable in Shanghai.”

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