Electric Vehicles

*THIS IS A PAST PROJECT - See our latest EV project EV100

Electric vehicle (EV) technology presents a ready, viable and clear way to reduce our emissions. 

Electric motors convert 75% of the chemical energy from the batteries to power the wheels – internal combustion engines only convert 20% of the energy stored in gasoline*.  In the UK, for example, an electric car powered from today’s grid could emit between 15% and 40% less CO2 over its lifetime than a comparably sized gasoline car**.  By serving as grid-connected batteries, EVs could also increase the effectiveness of renewable energy sources like wind and solar PV.

A fast transition to EVs will require partnerships between car makers, battery manufacturers, utilities, banks, and governments at all scales.  We'll need to transform our transport infrastructure. We'll need a new supply of vehicles. And we'll need new financing models and policies to ensure market supply and demand. 

We're working with our partners and extended network to make this happen. Together, we'll build the political will and the markets needed to scale up EVs quickly and effectively.

Download PDF for highlights of our EV20 program

One of our last EV events saw leading UK companies agree that EVs are the future

For EV comment, analysis and opinion, read our EV blogSustainable Mobility.

* See http://www.fueleconomy.gov/
** Olev Transport report: http://www.dft.gov.uk/adobepdf/165252/appguidance.pdf

  • Facts about EVs
    • Combined announcements of national targets for EV/PHEV penetration amount to 4 million vehicles by 2020*.
    • In terms of range, EVs can practically fill over 95% of typical daily driving needs.
    • Electric motors contain one moving part, versus 400 in a typical internal combustion engine.
    • Each 10% cut in oil imports, and the resulting increase in domestic energy consumption, would add at least $60 billion to the U.S. economy.
    • Most light vehicles are only used 4% of the time for transport in the US. That allows them to be connected to the grid – and potentially providing storage for utilities – up to 96% of the time.
    • Lithium is non-toxic, light, has a high specific energy content, and is widely available.
    • The world's automakers will introduce at least 120 hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fully electric models onto the market by 2012**.
    • The SMMT Electric Car Guide 2011 was published in May, and offers great insight to the EV industry. Read more about the SMMT.

    * See http://www.iea.org/papers/2009/EV_PHEV_Roadmap.pdf ** From Electric Cars: Plugged In, Deutsche Bank (2008) and Electric Cars: Plugged in 2, Deutsche Bank (2009)

  • Partners

    Our network includes players already leading in this space:  

    • the innovative business model of Better Place
    • the leading policies of North Rhine-Westphalia
    • the advanced batteries of Johnson Controls
  • Events

    EV Policy Initiative Roundtable

    October 21, 2011

    Several cities and Regions encourage the use of electric vehicles as one of the solutions to cut GHG emissions, improve air quality, increase energy security through diversity, and bring potential green jobs to a region. The main areas of focus are infrastructure deployment, creating incentives and fostering technology development. Many interesting initiatives are currently underway in leading governments, regions, and cities, but data sharing and policy comparisons are not yet widely available identifying where policy works and leads to a higher uptake of EVs.

    The EV20 data gathering and policy initiative led by The Climate Group and the Province of Quebec aims to create a global network of leading EV regions to systematically share and analyze their experiences in order to identify the most effective and cost efficient approaches. 

    At this Roundtable meeting we presented a first concept of how such a states and regions network on EV policy could function, what benefits could be gained from sharing data, experiences with ongoing activities and ideas on policy that would increase the rate of take up of EV technology. 

    PowerPoint presentation slides from the Roundtable:

    International Energy Agency: The Electric Vehicles Initiative  

    North Rhine Westphalia: State of New Mobility

    Quebec: EV20 Policy Initiative 

    European Conference of Regions on Climate Change  

    Read the event review here.


    UK Roundtable on Fleet Electrification

    July 6, 2011

    The Energy Saving TrustCenexThe Climate GroupTNT and Transport for London partnered to host a private meeting between commercial and government fleet managers, vehicle OEMs, Utilities and Lease Companies on July 6 2011.

    The purpose of the UK Roundtable on Fleet Electrification is to enable the creation of a wider fleet buying consortium for electric drive vehicles within the UK and use its collective purchasing power to develop models for scaling up market penetration.

    Read the event review here.


    Electric vehicles for local sustainable mobility solutions

    April 6, 2011

    Polis and The Climate Group host a joint event at the The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Limited (SMMT), Forbes House, Halkin Street, London, on the deployment of EVs (electric vehicles) in cities and regions across Europe and beyond.

    The event:

    • Highlighted efforts to accelerate electromobility at the urban and regional government level;
    • Focused on the role of commercial and government vehicle fleets;
    • Presented EV strategies from leading OEMs and national governments.

    The event presents an opportunity for key stakeholders in EU electromobility to network, share best practice and deepen cooperation.


    EV20 EV (electric vehicle) leadership summit at Shanghai’s World EXPO 2010

    May 3, 2010

    The Climate Group convened an EV (electric vehicle) leadership summit on May 3rd at the Monaco Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010 to explore how the world’s biggest and smallest countries are hoping to turn the world’s 1 billion vehicle fleet electric. The event also marked the release of a new report by The Climate Group “Towards Market Transformation: Electric Vehicles (China)”, co-authored by Bain & Company.

    Participants included:

    • HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, Chairman of the EV20 working group
    • Dr Zhen Zijian, Vice Director, National 863 Program - Office of Energy Conservation and New Energy Vehicle Project, Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), China
    • Professor CC Chan, Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering and Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering
    • Ren Yong, Deputy General Manager, Chang’an New Energy Automobile
    • Raymond Tsang, Partner and Vice President, Bain & Company


    Private EV (electric vehicle) Roundtable

    December 14, 2009

    A group of 25 leading policymakers and auto manufacturers, fleet owners, financiers and the electric vehicle supply chain met in Copenhagen to discuss creating a global initiative to fast-track the scale up and deployment of electric vehicles.  Read the event recap

    Participants included:

    • HRH Prince Albert II of Monaco
    • Minister for Industry Christian Estrosi, France
    • Premier Jean Charest, Quebec
    • Premier Mike Rann, South Australia
    • Shai Agassi, CEO, Better Place
    • Ulrik Grape, President, Ener1 Europe
    • Thomas Orsini, EV Business Development Director, Renault 


    The Electric Vehicle Opportunity - Webinar

    October 28, 2009

    We hosted this webinar featuring Gary Kendall, Director, Energy and Climate, SustainAbilityKeith Collins, Advisor to Manitoba Provincial Government; and Mike Granoff, Head of Oil Independence Policies, Better Place.  The conversation outlined the role of EVs in tackling climate change and energy insecurity, and factors that are convincing governments to promote EVs and consumers to buy them.  Recent innovations enabling EVs to travel long distances and transport heavy goods, and the EV opportunity in both existing and emerging markets, were also discussed.


    Electric Vehicles: Global Barriers, Strategies and Solutions

    September 21, 2009

    Our roundtable discussion during Climate Week NY°C brought together top-level business and government partners to discuss what it will take to scale up EVs globally. 

    Attendees included:

    • Shai Agassi, Founder and CEO, Better Place
    • Jonathan Lauckner, Vice President, Global Product Planning, General Motors Company
    • Line Beauchamp, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, Québec
    • Helene Pelosse, Director General, IRENA (International Renewable Energy
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