Increasing access to electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, and optimizing to reduce emissions.
The transport sector is responsible for 24% of CO2 emissions from fuel combustion globally, with road transport accounting for almost three-fourths of total transport emissions in 2018. Plans to reduce these emissions increasingly rely on large-scale transportation electrification. In parallel, the energy sector is integrating renewable generation and energy storage systems at exponential rates.
Electric vehicles (EVs) present an opportunity to contribute to both transportation and energy transformations through vehicle-grid integration solutions, more equitable access to zero-emission fuels and expanded options for sustainable transit and shared mobility.
WRI’s Electric Mobility team engages in eight major focus areas of the transportation electrification ecosystem:
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1. Clean Energy, Resilience and EVs
Mass EV adoption will come with significant new power demand. WRI supports key industry stakeholders in enabling clean energy integration through vehicle-to-grid integration approaches. This includes coordination with electric utilities, regulators, building managers and end users to ensure resilient and reliable power for new electric fleets.
2. Roadmapping and Policy Interventions
As the transportation sector decarbonizes, policymakers need to know what it takes for EVs and other zero-emission technologies to replace conventional vehicle fleets. WRI supports roadmap development, economic analysis and modeling to assess the long-term impact of different EV adoption scenarios and policy recommendations to achieve them.
3. Fleet Electrification
With a focus on electrifying shared and high-mileage fleets, WRI helps governments and businesses scale up electrification. We work with cities and companies and provide technical assistance to support the development of EV financing mechanisms, utility engagement, analysis and planning documentation.
4. Sustainable E-Mobility
We work to ensure EVs are part of an integrated, sustainable and equitable transportation system through the “Avoid-Shift-Improve” framework to reduce private vehicle use, improve air quality and enhance road safety.
5. Integrated Climate Planning
WRI helps cities identify decarbonization opportunities in all sectors, including transportation, which represents a large share of city emissions. WRI encourages modal shifts and using e-mobility to improve the economics of public transportation and other mode shares.
6. Equitable Transition
To ensure that everyone benefits from the e-mobility transition, equity is a large component of our work. WRI works closely with allies to amplify the voices of historically marginalized and underrepresented communities, ensure policies and regulations are fair and equitable, charging infrastructure and transportation options are low cost and reach underserved communities, and there is a just transition for impacted fossil-fuel based industries and staff.
7. Consumer Behavior
Through WRI’s behavioral research by our Living Lab for Equitable Climate Action, we work to understand how to optimize EV consumer behavior including purchasing and charging decisions. Consumer behavior is a yet-untapped opportunity to further increase EV emissions benefits.
8. Sustainable Materials
Building on WRI’s mining, water and land use work, we support the sustainable and ethical sourcing of materials being used for the e-mobility transition and support responsible recycling and re-use efforts of ensure discarded materials. We work closely with governments, manufacturers and supply chain entities to encourage all opportunities to minimize further ecological damage.
Within each of these areas, WRI works to ensure that EV deployment reduces emissions, expands access and improves quality of life across both the mobility and energy sectors.
Accelerating Electric Bus Adoption in Colombia
Working directly with mid-sized Colombian cities to provide technical assistance around procurement, financing, operations, social inclusion and more.
Electric School Bus Initiative
Collaborating to equitably electrify the U.S. school bus fleet.
NDC Transport Initiative for Asia
Facilitating a paradigm shift to zero-emission transport across Asia.
TUMI E-Bus Mission
This international coalition assists 20 cities in creating world-leading electric bus fleets and scaling e-bus adoption to hundreds more through city-to-city mentorship.
Advancing Equity-Centered Zero-Emission Delivery Zones
Working with government, businesses and communities to study and implement zero-emission freight and other zones in cities.
Accelerating greenhouse gas emissions reductions across communities through electrifying ride-hailing fleets.
Electric Vehicle-Grid Integration
Enabling solutions for low-cost, equitable and clean EV public charging networks in cities globally.
World Resources Report: Towards a More Equal City
A new approach to cities that prioritizes equitable access to services would improve billions of lives, generate economic prosperity and create environmental benefits for all.