California, The Netherlands and Québec Launch International Zero-Emission Vehicle Alliance

AUG 29 2015 BY MARK KANE 18

Plug-In Car Sales In The Netherlands (EV Sales Blog data) - June 2015

Plug-In Car Sales In The Netherlands (EV Sales Blog data) – June 2015

An unusual International Zero-Emission Vehicle Alliance (ZEV Alliance) was launched by California, The Netherlands and Québec, Canada.

The goal is to accelerate global adoption of electric cars.

“Large-scale adoption of electric-drive vehicles (called zero-emission vehicles, or ZEVs, and including battery-electric, plug-in hybrid, and fuel cell electric vehicles) is essential for progress on improving air quality, limiting climate change, ending oil dependence, and growing the low-carbon economy. International collaboration will accelerate adoption, create economies of scale and unlock ZEVs’ benefits.”

Three musketeers are eager to recruit other countries and sub-national jurisdictions (still as founders of the alliance).

  • According to press release California is home to about one in every six ZEVs sold in the world.
  • In the Netherlands, ZEVs are approaching 5% of the share of new cars sold.
  • In Québec sales of EVs aren’t so high (although holds nearly half of Canadian market), but there is close to 100% of electricity coming from local sources of renewable energy such as hydro and wind energy.

To achieve the goal, ZEV Alliance intends to exchange best practices and promote innovation and investment, and raise international awareness of expanding ZEV markets and opportunities.

Matt Rodriquez, California Secretary for Environmental Protection said:

“We will only achieve our long-term climate objectives with a change to cleaner, more energy efficient vehicles. We’re pleased to expand our partnerships with The Netherlands and Québec and encourage other countries, states, and provinces to work with us to put more and more drivers from all income levels at the wheel of zero emission vehicles.”

Wilma Mansveld, the Dutch Minister for the Environment remarked:

“The cooperation with California on zero-emission transportation, which we started through the Coast to Coast e-Mobility program in 2013, has led to Solar Team Eindhoven winning the prestigious Tech Crunch Award for their Stella Solar car and to many other tangible results of which I am very proud. The next phase is crucial, where we invite the rest of the world to join us and build upon our successful ZEV cooperation.”

Renault Twizy Headed To Quebec (via AVEQ)

Renault Twizy Headed To Quebec (via AVEQ)

David Heurtel, Québec’s Minister for Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change commented:

“The deployment of ZEVs is one of Québec’s main strategies to reduce its carbon footprint in the transportation sector. It also represents interesting opportunities for Québec businesses which have a solid expertise on EV batteries, electric motorization, charging stations and other components of ZEVs. Our participation in the Alliance will allow us to show the many benefits for our societies of opting for clean transportation, starting with air quality in the cities to the creation of new jobs in this promising field of economic development. Together, we can fight climate change and ensure a quality of life for our children.”

Present actions:

“California is working toward a goal of 1.5 million ZEVs on the road by 2025. In May 2014, California joined Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont in unveiling the Multi-State ZEV Action Plan to increase clean cars across the nation. Key actions include encouraging fleets to acquire ZEVs, planning and investing in ZEV infrastructure such as charging stations, and tracking progress toward the goal to get a combined 3.3 million ZEVs on U.S. highways by 2025. The International ZEV Alliance is the next step in California’s commitment to accelerating the deployment of zero-emission vehicles.

The Netherlands already has the world’s largest network of public electric vehicle charging stations, and is ready for expanded use of electric and other zero emission vehicles on its roads. Through its Coast to Coast e-Mobility program, it has initiated collaboration with California on knowledge exchange, innovation and business development. Important players like Tesla Motors, Zero Motorcycles and Greenlots have chosen The Netherlands as their jumping-off point into Europe.

Public charging infrastructure in Québec, developed in collaboration with over 100 public and private partners, is now well established in every region of the province. Government policies have been a key component in this progress by providing incentives to purchase ZEVs and to install charging stations at home and in the workplace. ZEV deployment is thus progressing rapidly in Québec as the number of ZEVs registered has increased by 134 percent over the last 16 months. With close to 100 percent of its electricity coming from local sources of renewable energy such as hydro and wind energy, ZEVs are a sensible choice for reducing Québec’s GHG emissions.”

Hydro-Québec has energy under control

Hydro-Québec has energy under control

Source: The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA)

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18 Comments on "California, The Netherlands and Québec Launch International Zero-Emission Vehicle Alliance"

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The Dutch Government will introduce a fund in September to stimulate EV adoption by private persons.

Previously there were only subsidies for businesses or work-related incentives for EV adoption in The Netherlands.

I guess the actual Quebec government will do much more blah-blah-blah than tangible actions. They are sold to the oil companies.

The twizy is a ridiculous golf cart.

WTH has fuel cells doing in a Zero-Emission alliance?!? Extracting hydrogen from gas is worse than the pollution of gasoline.

I thought Alberta, Ottowa and Manitoba would fit into that category, with Quebec and British Columbia being the shining examples Canada has little left to be proud of (in comparison with the reputation it now has).

Anyways, about the Twizy being a ridiculous golf cart, don’t you forget why runs this site, ahaha!

What are trying to say, that Jay Cole an avid golfer?

I confess, I had a Twizy for a couple months a few summers ago, and developed a real soft spot for it. That being said, it made little practical value for me at all…but I don’t care at all, I still loved it/great fun.

If I can figure out how to get regular plates on it and drive fulltime today, I would not hesitate to pick up a new one.

You probably want to write Ottawa, but even so, it’s a city not a province.
Ottawa is the capital of Canada located in the province of Ontario.

The QC gov is actually doing half decent on the EV front. The Circuit Electrique charging infrastructure, has over 400 stations. Though most are only 7kWh, they are cheap. $2.50/ session for 7kWh and $10/hour billed by them minute for DC. Recently they started seriously rolling out the 50KWh DC fast chargers (with support from Nissan I believe) along the major travel corridors. We did a couple of road-trips recently with our Leaf (420 and 600km) and used several chargers. We were more than satisfied with all aspects (functionality, connectivity and price). I don’t compliment my gov often, but in this case it’s simple, functional and affordable.

Most of this was planned and done by the PQ government. QLP has done almost nothing since.

ZEV? Zero-emission vehicles are by both name and definiton zero (tale pipe) emission.

Including PHEVs is nothing but ludicrous.

Then the Netherlands has slightly less than 1% of sales being ZEV, still pretty decent.

ZEV purism is bad for the planet. PHEVs are important to get mainstream buyers to stop burning gas sooner rather than later.

And if you are limiting the total amount to just 3.3 millions car in 2025, better be car that don’t sip very much gas.
So pure BEV look to be better except if you can’t put those quantity on the road because of inadequated capability of those car to fulfill owner’s need or fear.
I know ideal don’t work well in real life, but to some extend, this is also the reason why half bake measure doesn’t do much to help either.

Mainstream buyers dont see any difference between a hybrid and conventional car.

Hybrids are important only for Big Oil and ICE car makers to delay as much as possible the large adoption of Pure Electrics.

If they cared, all hybrids would be serials, with a simple separated range extender used only to recharge the batteries. The only one on the market is the i3, and BMW sabotaged its REx on purpose.
And car companies would be in a fierce competition to extend the range of batteries in order to get rid of the REx as soon as possible. This would have happened 10 years ago and we would be running in 500 miles EVs right now!

I have a hybrid because I live in a non compliance state that has very limited EV charging infrastructure and in my small town, none at all. IF all states built out a serious charging infrastructure like the left coast of the US, and had similar incentives and finally, if the manufacturers of EV’s sold them in all 50 states…

There are some of us who want a BEV but don’t make Model S money and are waiting for more than 80 miles of fair weather range. Until then, I’m doing what I can afford to do.

I’m a strong advocate for increased sales of PHEVs and know that 2 PHEV sales are often as good (or even better) than 1 BEV sale.

But it doesn’t make the PHEVs zero-emission in any way. If they wanted to include PHEVs then why don’t just call it the EV alliance?

Well if a Subaru Outback can be classified as a PZEV without any electrification, I’m not too fussed about calling PHEVs ZEVs. They should probably also rename HOV lanes, but what’s in a name? Calling a PHEV a ZEV will only help with the huge knowledge gap with the general public who don’t know how a regular hybrid works, and certainly don’t know how a PHEV is different.

California so far may have plans for charging infrastructure, but I haven’t seen a lot of action. The Central Valley is still a relative wasteland when it comes to public and/or fast charging, as are many of the main arterial roads in the state outside of major metro areas. The California Energy Commission has charging stations planned on paper for some places within 100 miles of where I live in the south part of the Central Valley, but I haven’t seen any construction yet, and the plans I’ve seen sure don’t look like a comprehensive strategy of any kind.

It would only cost a few million dollars for the state to complete the West Coast Electric Highway. And for God’s sake, don’t hand it all over to EVgo or some similar private firm. Their stations are convenient but their charges are far too high for anything but occasional use — not a sustainable model for scaling up.


Not completing the West Coast Electric Highway is inexcusable. Especially considering they are spending many times as much to install just a few, nearly useless, hydrogen stations.

California should be striving to match Japan for DC fast charger coverage. When they wake up and start working on this, they should design a network, with high reliability, like Tesla has done for their cars.


I don’t understand what concrete steps , if any, will come from this this press release.

For example, we’ve been calling for a ZEV law in Quebec for over two years and two different governments have ignored us. It’s impossible to purchase EVs in Quebec that are available in California and the Netherlands.

The Minister states that Ev infrastructure is well-deployed in all regions of Quebec. Well, how come there isn’t a single DCQC in the 200 km between Montreal and Ottawa?’ Oh yes, there is one coming, thanks mostly to donations from a private citizen and Nissan.