Spring 2013 IA-HEV meetings demonstrate how electric mobility is gaining traction and offers clean growth potential

October 18, 2013 01:05 PM
Brainstorming session at IA-HEV ExCo meeting.
© Image courtesy of Philipp Walser.


Hybrid and electric vehicles (EVs) continue to gain traction within IA-HEV member countries, spawning new policy questions and economic activity, according to the spring 2013 meetings of the IA-HEV Executive Committee (ExCo) and EV experts. The IA-HEV 38th Executive Committee (ExCo) meeting took place on April 22 and 23 and the 35thTask 1 experts’ meeting for information exchange convened on April 24, 2013. The meetings occurred at and near Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Illinois, United States (U.S.).

Now that more hybrids and EVs are available in member countries, IA-HEV is starting to look at the implications of a greater population of these vehicles and the new opportunities that result. Topics proposed at the ExCo meeting for future IA-HEV discussion include:

  • Assessing the potential for the decarbonization of vehicle emissions through the deployment of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs). A potential IA-HEV Task would trace the extent to which EVs can displace petroleum-based fuel from the vehicles supply chain, and how much of the electricity for the EVs could be produced from renewable sources.
  • The feasibility of electrification of heavy freight road transport. A potential IA-HEV Task would assess the current state of the art of heavy-duty vehicle technology, charging infrastructure, and the costs of different technologies. The outcome would be the identification of research needs, possible early-market applications appropriate for various national niches, and directions for long-term policy making for road freight transport.
  • Fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) and the hydrogen refueling infrastructure. Research in FCVs and hydrogen storage has been ongoing, and the environmental advantages of this approach to transportation are well-known. Germany has been showing increasing interest in FCVs, with the Austrian energy company ÖMV committing to supply hydrogen refueling facilities. A total of 27 countries have some hydrogen refueling infrastructure today. Therefore, IA-HEV may consider a Task in this area again to build upon the work of Task 13, Fuel cell vehicles, which concluded in 2010.
  • Economic impacts of electro-mobility. Member countries agreed that there is a need to monitor the economic aspects of electro-mobility, such as the amount of commerce generated and jobs created through the manufacture and sale of PEVs of all types and the provision of related services.

At the Task 1 experts meeting, IA-HEV members presented on progress in hybrids and EVs in their respective countries. Research, development, and deployment projects for EVs and charging infrastructure have become too varied and numerous to summarize here. Details about developments within each country can be found in the new IA-HEV annual report over 2012, Hybrid and Electric Vehicles: The Electric Drive Gains Traction .

April 2013 meeting participants included representatives from the IA-HEV member countries Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United States (U.S.). Guests from China, Colombia, and Latvia also attended.

Contributed by Kristin Abkemeier
Task 1 Operating Agent