Thirty-seven electric vehicle (EV) driver associations have joined forces to create the Global EV Drivers’ Alliance, representing the voice of EV drivers around the globe in leading the shift to clean electric transportation. The grassroots, non-profit organization collects best practices, inspiration and information from EV driver associations and their members to help, inform and inspire each other to accelerate electric mobility in their own regions/countries and worldwide. This video has been released worldwide to promote awareness of the Alliance.
The members of the Alliance are calling for every new car and light-duty truck sold in their countries to have a plug by the end of this decade. A shift to electric transportation is essential to quickly reducing greenhouse gas emissions, avoiding dangerous climate change, improving local air quality and reducing respiratory diseases in cities around the world. With the rapid improvements in EV technology and the new vehicles coming into the market over the coming months, it is entirely achievable.
A rapid shift to electric transportation can be achieved through supportive policies in the respective countries. For example, the market share for plug-in vehicles in Germany grew from 3% in 2019 to 13.5% in 2020 and the UK market went from 3.2% to 10.7% in the same period. By working together, EV driver associations can share best practices and strategies, ensuring that EV drivers’ voices are heard in EV policy discussions worldwide.
In addition to the climate change and air quality benefits, electric vehicles provide many additional benefits to consumers, including the savings and convenience of fueling with electricity instead of gasoline, sharply reduced maintenance and the smooth and powerful driving experience provided by an electric motor.
One of the first joint activities of the Global EV Drivers’ Alliance will be participation in the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26, which will be held in Glasgow in November 2021. In connection with the event,.associations connected with GEVA plan to organise events in their own countries and to organise a rally in Scotland to promote electromobility as an important element in addressing climate change.
The global shift to electric vehicles is increasing exponentially, with more than 3.24 million EVs sold worldwide in 2020, compared to 2.26 million in 2019, despite the COVID pandemic and accompanying economic downturn.
Neil Swanson EVA Scotland Director, said:
“The shift from ICE to electric vehicles will almost certainly be one of the largest examples of public or private policy implementation of the 2020s and 2030s.
“EV drivers’ associations play an instrumental role in providing a support network for individuals using electric modes of transport and promoting the benefits of the electrification of transport for our environment, our health and our economy.
“As the voice of the electric community in Scotland, EVA Scotland understands the importance role the EV community plays in policy decisions. Supporting the Scottish government and Transport Scotland towards net zero carbon emissions and the incredible work done pioneered by local authorities.
“EVA Scotland are proud to part of the Global EV Alliance as a forward thinking global community. We look forward to sharing the pioneering work conducted by Scottish Government, Transport Scotland and incredible Scottish local authorities towards net zero carbon emissions and working in coalition with the alliance to accelerate the switch to electrification.
The Global EV Alliance represents organizations from the countries of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain (Catalonia). Croatia, Denmark, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, and United States. For more information, visit globalevalliance.com.
About the Global EV Alliance
The Global EV Alliance is a network of national electric vehicle drivers’ associations from around the globe. We facilitate global collaboration on best practices, education, and other EV-related initiatives. We believe that zero-emission mobility is necessary to combat climate change. Our goal is a planet where all transportation is sustainable, clean, and electric! globalevalliance.com
About EVA Scotland
The Electric Vehicle Association (EVA) Scotland is the voice of the electrification of transport. We support everyone involved in the industry, and the associated infrastructure to support it, working towards electric travel being accessible to all. We promote the benefits of the electrification of transport for our environment, our health and our economy; influence policy to encourage switching to electric; and provide a support network for individuals using electric modes of transport. Eva.scot
For more information or to request an interview, please contact:
Laura Robinson EVA Scotland Operations Manager