GLOBE-Net, July 16,
2012 - A new report called the EV City Casebook
documents the rise of electric vehicles (EVs) in 16 cities and
outlines what the top EV-friendly cities are doing to make them
The sixteen cities involved in the
collaborative project are Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin,
BrabantStad, the Goto Islands in Nagasaki, Hamburg, Helsinki,
Kanagawa, Los Angeles, New York, North East England, Portland,
Research Triangle in North Carolina, Rotterdam, Shanghai, and
They have a combined target to sell 6
million electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles by 2020. If
they reach this goal, EVs would account for about 6% of total
vehicle sales and about 20 million cars on the road.
Three cities, Amsterdam, Barcelona,
and Los Angeles have taken the lead and are instituting innovative
programs to reach their ambitious EV targets.
Amsterdam currently has 750 EVs on
the road today with the goal of increasing this number to 10,000 by
2015. Amsterdam is introducing EVs into its car-sharing program
(Car2Go) and is transitioning its city taxi fleet from diesel to
Barcelona's LIVE program (Logistics
for the Implementation of the Electric Vehicle) is an open platform
that allows EV users to access a wide range of information as well
as locate charging stations. Barcelona is also working on an EV car
sharing program in collaboration with MIT and may resemble the
University's ideas for the City Car.
Los Angeles (LA) is another top
EV-friendly city with its Department of Water and Resources
providing a $2,000 discount to homeowners who install EV charging
stations on their property. LA's initiatives come at a time when
EVs have been a contentious public policy issue in California with
opinions being shared by proponents and opponents alike.
by Max Frankel of the Center for American Progress gives more
details on these three cities.
EVs are an emerging transportation
option in BC. Indeed, the province is offering a $2.7 million Community Charging Infrastructure (CCI) Fund to
help build a province-wide network of up to 570 EV charging
Some organizations argue that BC is
one of the most promising jurisdictions in North America
for the adoption of EVs due to the high proportion of electricity
generated from renewable sources as well as the majority (95
percent) of all vehicle trips in BC's urban areas being less than
30 kilometres, thereby alleviating concerns around range anxiety.
However, research by PICS has suggested that while EVs
are promising, the installation of charging stations still faces
Some communities like Nanaimo and the Resort Municipality of Whistler are already
making progress with EV implementation, including the provision of
Level 2 public charging stations.
Overall, a number of factors will
influence whether EVs become a success story in BC, such as the
cost of batteries and how the vehicles are integrated into current
sustainable transportation objectives of municipalities.
With respect to battery concerns, a
recent study by McKinsey
& Company demonstrates that costs may indeed fall in the years
PICS Climate News Scan - Produced by ISIS, Sauder School of
Business, UBC and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions
(PICS) Authors: Justin Bull, Liz Ferris, Clea Moray, James
Noble, Tim Shah Editors: Neil Thomson (ISIS), James Tansey
(ISIS), Jessica Worsley (PICS), Tom Pedersen (PICS)