Making the transition to zero-emission vehicles, globally

Information Resources

This page is dedicated to providing information about efforts to speed the transition from conventional vehicles to zero-emission vehicles as is needed to achieve global green house gas reductions and global temperature goals


The International Zero-Emission Vehicle Alliance (ZEV Alliance) is a collaboration of national and subnational governments working together to accelerate adoption of ZEVs. The participants set ambitious, achievable targets for ZEV deployment, take actions to achieve those targets as appropriate in each jurisdiction, act together to achieve individual and collective targets, and encourage and support other jurisdictions in setting and achieving ambitious ZEV targets.

Oregon and several other US states and several other countries have signed up with the the ZEV Alliance as described in this article:

International Council on Clean Transportation - Mission Statement

Clip from their website: The International Council on Clean Transportation is an independent nonprofit organization founded to provide first-rate, unbiased research and technical and scientific analysis to environmental regulators. Our mission is to improve the environmental performance and energy efficiency of road, marine, and air transportation, in order to benefit public health and mitigate climate change.

At their website is a 49-page White Paper that provides considerable detail and several charts that define the problem and what various people and governments are doing to aid a transition to ZEVs.

 The general term “electric vehicle” or “electric drive” takes in several specific vehicle types: all-electric (sometimes called battery-electric), plug-in hybrid electric, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Electric vehicles are superior to conventional gasoline and diesel vehicles in at least three ways. First, they are several times more efficient in converting energy into vehicle movement. Second, they are much more compatible with renewable energy sources. Third, at least potentially they produce no emissions at the vehicle, and much lower lifecycle (“well to wheel”) emissions.

Comment:  The definition of a ZEV vehicle should include those designed to carry several people, are owned and open to the pubic or provided by private companies. An example is the autonomous small bus from France called EasyMile. Here is a link to their website:  

Report from the Frontier Group: A New Way Forward: Envisioning a Transportation System without Carbon Pollution, 116 pp

Focus is on using  conventional (known and currently available) technology to achieve a transition  to a much lower carbon transport system as soon as possible. References in  are provided to 6 studies of this issue which support their conclusion that this is an attainable goal using existing tools. Here is a link to info about the 6 studies cited in the FG report
Link to the Executive. Summary:

2016 WAVE Rally and Trophy Competition in the EU to promote wide variety of ZEVs - includes video

California's Electric Car program may be running out of gas, 8-23-16

Japan bets on a hydrogen-fueled future, Scientific American article, 4-28-17

Low Carbon Mobility, special issue, Journal of Sustainable Transportation, 7-8-17


Last modified: July 08, 2017