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Electric Vehicles and Global Urban Adoption: Policies and Perspectives from France and California
June 4, 2019 - June 5, 2019
Passenger vehicles are the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide and produce significant amounts of harmful air pollution from NOx, particulate matter, and other pollutants. Emissions are barely declining in most Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries and are likely to increase in emerging countries as income levels continue to rise. These trends challenge our ability to mitigate climate change and protect public health, and jurisdictions around the world will need to rapidly accelerate the adoption of zero-emission technologies like battery electric vehicles (EVs) to slow and reverse them. While consumers are increasingly switching to EVs, policy makers will need to design solutions to boost deployment at the local level, particularly for urban residents who may lack access to charging. California and France have taken leading steps in supporting the transition to EVs, but each has substantial progress ahead to reach full adoption. What can these jurisdictions learn from each other’s successes and challenges to make EVs convenient and accessible to urban residents?
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