Zero Emission Vehicles Policy Lab

China, the United States and The Netherlands founded the China ZEV policy lab to facilitate governments to cooperate in supporting the expansion of the global market for zero emission vehicles, both battery and fuel cell vehicles. Its goal is to accelerate the large scale roll out of electric vehicles.

The policy lab focuses on  two activities: policy exchange between the three governments and policy research and publications.

Government to government policy exchange

In January 2019 the members of the policy lab determined a work plan for 2019. In Shenzhen (China) a delegation  presented the Dutch policy considering ZEV on the conference EV100. Furthermore, the members held introductory meetings with relevant ministries.

Open, smart charging

In April 2019 the policy lab members will explore if a living lab in China is possible. The policy options for the implementation of an open and smart charging infrastructure will be discussed.

Sustainable energy in mobility

In October 2019 the members will focus on policy concerning the buffering of renewable energy in both batteries and hydrogen  in order to positively influence the existing mismatch in place and time.

Electrified bus and taxi fleet in Shenzhen

Shenzhen with a completely electrified bus- and taxi fleet

Policy research and publications

During their visit to Shenzhen in January 2019 the Dutch government published a series of blogs (only available in Dutch) regarding policy exchange with China.
As a follow up on the working visit to Shenzhen the policy lab members intend to conduct a case study regarding the policy effectiveness concerning ZEV in frontrunner cities in the three cooperating continents.

At the same time, a Dutch delegation and several companies explored the economic opportunities for Dutch companies in the field of ZEV .

International Zero Emission Vehicle Alliance (iZEVA)

In light of the International Zero Emission Vehicle Alliance (iZEVA) the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water management cooperates with 15 other governmental institutions to facilitate and accelerate the large scale roll out of zero emission vehicles. Rijkswaterstaat executes the ZEV China policy lab on behalf the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water management.

In the ZEV China policy lab Rijkswaterstaat cooperates intensively with the China Automotive Technology and Research Centre and the University of California Davis to perpetuate her international frontrunners role on the topic of ZEV. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) formalized this unique consortium during the Global Climate Action Summit in September 2019. The three parties signed the MOU (pdf, 296 kB) at the Summit in attendance of the State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management Van Veldhoven, Governor Born of California and Minister Xie Zhenhua of China.

Climate change

This international cooperation fits perfectly in the Dutch policy for the energy transition and sustainable mobility. China, California and the Netherlands all acknowledge the necessity to reduce Greenhouse gas emission in the transport sector for both the quality of life of its citizens and to reduce further climate change. For these reasons, the frontrunners develop innovative policies. By the international promotion of ZEV usage the alliance can accelerate the demand of the end users and with that lower the costs of ZEV.