The Electric Vehicles Initiative (EVI) is a multi-government policy forum dedicated to accelerating the introduction and adoption of electric vehicles worldwide. In 2010, EVI was one of several initiatives launched under the CEM.
Electrifying the global vehicle fleet is a key component of the CEM's goal of enhancing the use of clean energy. Vehicle electrification makes transportation more energy efficient, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and oil dependence, and improves local air quality. Electric vehicle charging could also act as distributed energy storage in support of integrating renewable energy into grid and off-grid energy systems.
The Electric Vehicles Initiative has recently completed the following activities:
The Electric Vehicles Initiative is also in the process of completing a major project aimed at facilitating policy adoption on electric mobility, working with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and UN Environment, as well as other partners. It is also exploring opportunities for greater private sector engagement, with encouraging signs demonstrated by increased participation of private sector stakeholders in the EVI advisory board meetings.
Looking ahead, the Electric Vehicles Initiative will:
Some of the key goals of the Clean Energy Ministerial's Electric Vehicles Initiative include:
To learn more about the work of the Electric Vehicles Initiative and to download reports and other publications, please visit its website.