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Accelerating Worldwide Plug-in Electric Vehicle Market Development: 5 Policy Interventions

On August 29, 2018, Meeting of the Minds hosted a live webinar featuring Scott Hardman and Gil Tal of the University of California Davis.

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For plug-in electric vehicles to reduce urban air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in time to meet emissions reduction goals, they must be deployed quickly and in large numbers. To achieve this large-scale market deployment, vehicles need support from policymakers and stakeholders. This webinar will cover 5 interventions that research has shown are effective in growing electric vehicle markets. The effectiveness of these interventions is supported by research from members of the International Electric Vehicle Policy Council, a group of 25 experts from around the world committed to researching the transition to plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). Council members are researchers and academics working in universities, laboratories, institutes, and research centres that focus on gathering empirical evidence on electric vehicle adoption. The council brings together their research findings to develop policy recommendations supported by research data. The aim of this is to provide policymakers and any other stakeholders with reliable evidence-based policy recommendations from which they can make actionable decisions. These recommendations are covered in this webinar and include financial purchase incentives, reoccurring/indirect incentives, infrastructure development, supply side regulations, and consumer engagement.


Scott Hardman

Postdoctoral Researcher, Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center, Institute of Transportation Studies
University of California, Davis

Scott received his PhD from the University of Birmingham, UK. He is now a researcher in the Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center, in the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California Davis. His work is primarily on the consumer adoption of electric vehicles. This includes understanding which policy measures are most effective in growing EV markets. At UC Davis he coordinates the International EV Policy Council, a global initiative that brings together academics from around the world to develop evidence based policy recommendations for national and regional policymakers. Scott’s work also includes investigating the importance of incentives for electric vehicles, understanding the buyer’s of electric vehicles and why people buy them. He also investigates consumer attitudes and preferences for automated vehicles, and what impact these vehicles will have once they are introduced to the market.

Gil Tal

Research Director at The Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle (PH&EV) Research Center
University of California, Davis

Dr. Tal is one of the leading researchers in the field of electric transportation in the USA and around the world. He is the Research Director at The Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle (PH&EV) Research Center, Transportation Research Director at The China Center for Energy and Transportation, Faculty member for Graduate Groups in Transportation Technology and Policy (TTP) at the Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis.

Gil’s work in the Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center at the Institute of Transportation Studies contributes to the development of policies and planning tools in California and the US. Dr. Tal’s emphasis is on the EV market specifically related to the role of incentives and on siting and designing electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Dr. Tal new work is also looking at the impact of shared automated and electrified mobility on the vehicle market and the demand for transportation related energy. He is currently working on projects for the California Air Resources Board, the California Energy Commission, the Department of Energy, as well as car companies and utility companies. As part of this research, Dr. Tal has produced methodological innovations in on-line travel surveys and EV charging location modeling that include GIS-based mapping that have been published. In total, Dr. Tal has published more than forty articles and peer-reviewed conference proceedings, and presented his work to policy makers decision makers in the US, China and Europe. Gil Tal holds a Ph.D. in Transportation Technology and Policy from UC Davis, and an M.A. in geography and environmental policy and planning from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.


August 29, 2018
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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