IA-HEV annual report over 2012 now available for download, featuring EV news from 17 countries

October 18, 2013 01:25 PM
The electric drive gains traction.


The IA-HEV annual report Hybrid and Electric Vehicles – The Electric Drive Gains Traction is now available for download on the Annual Reports page of our website. IA-HEV hopes that sharing timely information about programs and policies that have been supporting the early market for electric vehicles (EVs) in member countries may inspire similar approaches in new cities, regions, and countries. (The new IA-HEV Outlook 2013 summarizes many of these policies.)

The IA-HEV annual report describes the major developments in EVs and hybrids during 2012 in 15 European member countries as well as in Canada and the United States. Each country chapter includes:

  • Policies and legislation around clean vehicles,
  • Numbers of hybrids and EVs on the road,
  • Deployment of EV charging infrastructure, and
  • Major EV demonstration and research projects.

An expert from each member country contributed a chapter to create a compilation of EV developments that is hard to find anywhere else outside of IA-HEV. 

The new report also describes the activities and results of IA-HEV’s active Tasks, where representatives from multiple member countries collaborate on research into EV-related topics of current interest. This year’s report includes updates on the activities of these Tasks:

  • Task 10, on electrochemical systems, which includes some new details from a recent workshop on battery performance under extreme temperature conditions;
  • Task 15, about the technical and economic implications of plug-in hybrid EVs (PHEVs);
  • Task 17, on the technology options for optimizing EV components and drivetrain configurations in order to enhance vehicle energy efficiency performance;
  • Task 18, on “EV ecosystems,” which has been capturing practical experience from cities, regions, and businesses that are pioneering advanced EV pilot programs and investigating the needs of “EV cities of the future”;
  • Task 19, on the life cycle assessment (LCA) of EVs, which held its first workshop in 2012 to learn how EV-drivetrain vehicles can be designed for optimal recyclability and minimal resource consumption; and
  • Task 20, on quick charging technology, which seeks to identify and solve challenges to making EV quick charging infrastructure widely available, such as its costs, level of energy consumption, and business models.

New Tasks on accelerated ageing testing for lithium-ion batteries and on e-mobility business models are also introduced in the report. Task 22 on e-mobility business models has already concluded a call for papers, with a publication in process.

Contributed by Ms. Kristin Abkemeier
Task 1 Operating Agent