IEA and Eight Countries Launch Electric Vehicles Initiative

October 6, 2010

The International Energy Agency (IEA) joined China, France, Germany, Japan, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and the United States in launching the Electric Vehicles Initiative (EVI) on October 1 at the Paris Motor Show in France. The new initiative will provide a platform for global cooperation on the development and deployment of electric vehicles. The EVI began at the Clean Energy Ministerial that was held in Washington, D.C., in July 2010; it was cemented during IEA's Advanced Vehicle Leadership Forum, a two-day roundtable on electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids that was held at the Paris Motor Show. Countries participating in the EVI have agreed to promote EV demonstrations in urban area and share the results; to share information on EV research and development programs; and to collect and share information on EV deployment targets, best practices, and policies. The participating countries will present more detailed plans at Electric Vehicle Symposium-25 in Shenzhen, China, in November, and initial EVI results are planned for presentations at the Shanghai Motor Show in April 2011. See the IEA press release.

Photo of a sleek, aggressive, slow-slung sports car on an auto show display ramp.

The Jaguar C-X75 concept vehicle, unveiled at the Paris Motor Show, is an electric supercar that extends its range with two natural gas-fueled microturbines.
Credit: Jaguar

The venue for launching the EVI was appropriate, as the Paris Motor Show featured a wide variety of electrified vehicles. Jaguar wowed crowds with the C-X75 concept vehicle, an electric supercar that extends its range to 560 miles using two natural gas-fueled microturbines. The supercar draws on a lithium-ion battery pack to power 145-kilowatt (kW) motors mounted in all four wheels, achieving 780 horsepower and 1,180 foot-pounds of torque. And while the C-X75 is just a concept vehicle, Fisker Automotive unveiled the production version of its Karma, a premium plug-in hybrid that generates 300 kW of power and more than 981 foot-pounds of torque. The Karma has a 50-mile electric-only range that is extended to 300 miles with a turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. The engine drives a generator to power two 175-kW motors that are mounted to the rear differential. Other electrified vehicles of interest include Hyundai's ix35 diesel-electric hybrid concept vehicle; Saab's first EV, the 9-3 ePower, which will undergo field trials next year; and a tiny three-seat EV concept vehicle from Kia Motors, called the POP. The Paris Motor Show is open to the public through October 17. See the Paris Motor Show Web site and the press releases from Jaguar, Fisker Automotive, Hyundai, Saab, and Kia.