The introduction of electric vehicles (EVs) is one way to significantly reduce emissions from cars — if combined with a transition to a renewable electricity system — thus helping countries meet their climate and air quality goals. Ecologic Institute’s study analyses a range of existing measures that have a direct impact on the increased uptake of electric passenger cars.
In its study for Greenpeace, Ecologic Institute evaluates these measures with respect to
- the measures’ overall effectiveness in incentivising EV purchases;
- the ease of administering them;
- affordability for governments; and
- the consistency with other goals, mainly with the goal of reducing traffic.
The main findings of this study are:
- Making charging infrastructure available is crucial.
- Prescribing the use of EVs or phasing out internal combustion engine cars is most effective.
- Any support scheme needs to reflect rapid changes in the electric mobility sector.
- Combining measures and sequencing them over time is key for inducing full market transformation.
- Financial benefits for EVs are most effective when combined with disincentives for internal combustion engine cars.
- Governments should promote their EV support measures, ensuring their maximum usage.
The full study is available in English; the executive summary can be downloaded in different languages.
Contact: Eike Karola Velten (Ecologic Institute)