Task 18, EV Ecosystems

Electric Vehicle Ecosystems

Ongoing Tasks


Completed Tasks


Read the report from the December 2012 EV Ecosystems workshop,
Future of Markets for Electric Vehicles: Expectations, Constraints, & Long-Term Strategies

Read the IA-HEV Newsletter

The Road Ahead

October 2013


World Electric Vehicle Cities and Ecosystems
Saturday, May 05, 2012

View the webinars, photos, and presentation


Task 18 Website

Visit the World EV Cities and Ecosystems web portal for the statistics on more than 20 cities and regions that support EVs. 


Contact for further information

Co-Operating Agents

Mr. David Beeton
Urban Foresight
United Kingdom

Mr. Tom Turrentine
University of California, Davis
Institute of Transportation Studies
United States

Programme of Work

Task 18, Electric Vehicle Ecosystems, is capturing practical experiences from cities, regions, and businesses that are pioneering advanced plug-in electric vehicle (EV) pilot programs. Emphasis will be placed on local deployment initiatives to enable bottom-up policy-making that includes public and private stakeholders.

An "EV Ecosystem" is defined as a "total environment to support mass operation of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs)". This encompasses "hard infrastructure" such as recharging technologies, smart grids, and transport systems along with "soft infrastructure" such as regulation, business models, skills and community engagement. Blending this complex mix of technologies and services into the fabric of cities requires alignment between governments, municipal authorities, and other key stakeholders from the automotive manufacturing sector, energy companies, and technology suppliers.

Working Method

Task 18 is shaping a global vision on the technologies, policies, markets and business models that will create EV cities of the future. A group of 10 to 20 cities, regions, and nations will be presented as international forerunners and engage in the following:

  • Foresight workshops assembling experts from municipalities, regional authorities, governments, and industry, who together will establish priorities for EV programmes while exploring opportunities in business models, social change, and smart grids
  • An International Roadmap to establish a blueprint for provision of infrastructure for EVs based on the city roadmaps with lessons learned, key findings, and best practices
  • A global community of pioneering cities connecting international experts in an interactive web portal with a series of EV Congress meetings to facilitate policy exchange and problem solving.

In spring 2013, Task 18 issued a report, Future of Markets for Electric Vehicles: Expectations, Constraints, & Long-term Strategies, based on its December 2012 roadmapping workshop. The report addresses drivers and barriers for EV adoption and envisions best-case, worst-case, and most likely scenarios for EV market penetration.


The Task launched in 2011 and is running through the end of 2013.

Member Countries

Austria, Germany, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States are active participants.

Task 18 is actively collaborating with other international projects. The Global Electric Vehicle Insight Exchange was launched in May 2012 at the first EV Cities & Ecosystems Conference that is a partnership between IA-HEV Task 18, the Clean Energy Ministerial's Electric Vehicles Initiative (EVI), the Rocky Mountain Institute, IEA, the Clinton Climate Change Initiative, and University of California Davis. 

Benefits of Participation

Members will be able to make informed public funding decisions through learning about best practices and innovative approaches in the design and development of EV ecosystems, and applying this knowledge towards a tailored roadmap for each city. Roadmapping workshop participants will be able to shape a global vision on the technologies, policies, markets, and commercial structures required to integrate EVs into future smart cities. Members will also become part of an international community of experts and problem solvers in the area of EV ecosystems.