Forum for National Committees
Spotlight on young professionals
- Introductory Article - Simon Price
- Global travel growth, estimated future needs for road infrastructure and impacts on energy demands and carbon emissions: an analysis - John Dulac, François Cuenot
- New options for mobility and transport infrastructure in the post-carbon society - Felix Huber, Michael Falk
- Purchase subsidy schemes for electric cars: good value for money for society? - Philippe CRIST
- Electric vs. Gasoline-powered vehicles: the effects on a nation's economic production and public finances - Fabien Leurent, Elisabeth Windisch
- Norway: the successful establishment of a market for electric vehicles - Tom Erik Nørbech
- Climate changes and investment strategies for existing road networks - Yves Ennesser, Jean-Jacques Fadeuilhe
- Looking at Europe's extreme weather costs for transportation in 2040 - Pekka Leviäkangas
Purchase subsidy schemes for electric cars: good value for money for society?
Private and public costs of electric versus fossil-fuelled cars
Electric vehicles have generated renewed interest in recent years as concerns about energy security, climate change and air pollution have motivated governments and manufacturers to consider alternative transport energy pathways. Recent estimates put the global electric vehicle fleet at over 120 million units (primarily electric bicycles and scooters in China), with the most popular electric car models achieving global sales of approximately 44,000 units in 2011. These numbers may increase as more electric cars become commercially available, but real questions remain regarding consumers' ultimate uptake of battery electric cars.