Electrification Coalition Applauds US-China EV Initiative
"This is good news coming at an important time," Robbie Diamond, Electrification Coalition president said in a release. "The Electrification Roadmap released by our Coalition yesterday offers detailed policy proposals to create Electrification Ecosystems, which are similar in concept to the demonstration projects proposed by the United States and China in that they envision projects in specific cities."
"That said, our Ecosystems would put as many as 100,000 electric vehicles per ecosystem on the road by 2013. We believe that is an ambitious but achievable goal, and one that is necessary if we are going to have timely mass penetration of electric vehicles. We are pleased that the administration is pursuing similar concepts, and hope they will pursue even more ambitious and specific goals."
The joint effort between the US and China will revolve around the development of common standards, joint demonstrations, technical roadmaps and public awareness. The part of the agreement which pleased the Electrification Coalition so much is the roadmap, a very similar provision to the one submitted by the Coalition.
Together, the US and China have made the biggest investments in the field of electric vehicles. Yet, whereas the US researches the vehicles as a whole, China is focusing more on the batteries which will go into EVs.