After the brief ascendancy of electric automobiles and trucks in
the early 20th Century, recent years have witnessed a renaissance of
the electric motor in transportation applications. The hybrid
electric vehicle leads the charge, its impetus an alarming spike in
world petroleum prices induced by high demand, shortfalls in
refining capacity, and weather-related problems.
For this and many other reasons, there has never been a more
exciting time to join our international research community for the
development and commercialization of hybrid and electric vehicles.
The information provided here is the result of work done since
1993 by as many as 15 countries within the framework of the
International Energy Agency's Implementing Agreement on Hybrid and
Electric Vehicle Technologies and Programs. This site contains three
main categories of information:
- Technical, statistical, and historic information about hybrid
and electric vehicles that attempts to present a current and
ongoing view of the variety of hybrid and electric vehicles
available, how they work, how their population is changing, who
owns them, and what they are used for.
- Information about government programs related to hybrid and
electric vehicles (especially in the member countries of the
implementing agreement, but also in some other countries),
including evaluations of how well these programs have worked, and
what lessons and recommendations can be taken from them.
- Comprehensive information about the implementing agreement:
what it is; what it does; how a country can join; newsletters,
annual reports, and technical reports; information about upcoming
meetings; and reports on recent meetings.
Our primary objectives are as follows:
- Provide balanced, objective, useful information to national
and local governments about how they can achieve clean air,
climate change, and energy diversification objectives by
encouraging the use of hybrid and electric vehicles.
- Provide information that we have collected over the past 12
years to professionals working in research organizations or
- Provide information about the implementing agreement to
encourage both active participation and organizational membership
of other countries and institutions.
- Facilitate the work of the agreement by providing information
on scheduled activities.
By becoming a member of one or more of the associated task groups
(called Annexes), your
organization and your country can gain timely and reliable access to
the latest activities and data exchanges among member nations and
thus move to the front line of awareness on developing trends,
markets, and component technologies and needs.
IEA Implementing Agreement on
Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technologies and Programs