Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), Boulder, Colo., released a report that evaluates how mobility ecosystems are evolving in China, India and the United States.
According to the “Driving a Shared, Electric, Autonomous Mobility report,” ensuring that rides in autonomous vehicles are both electrified and pooled can mitigate congestion and pollution issues in these countries’ cities and provide reliable mobility. The report found that if done in isolation of the needs of the electricity system, mass adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) could result in significant added costs, which could be avoided with intelligent and forward-looking planning processes.
“Looking at the changing markets in China, India and the U.S will help inform us in enacting our goal of proactively shaping the future of mobility,” says Garrett Fitzgerald, manager.
The report focused on countries that are aspiring to be or are current leaders in vehicle manufacturing and intelligent mobility technologies.
The report proposed recommendations regarding electric vehicles, shared mobility, autonomous vehicles and technology integration and co-development. Additional recommendations included:
- Adopting a uniform, national EV-sales mandate.
- Focusing finite EV subsidies on high-utilization vehicles.
- Establishing uniform, national guidelines around AV testing.
- Encouraging pooling and electrification of ride-hailing through tiered taxes and incentives.
“Understanding how these countries like China and India are playing roles in shaping our global mobility future is the first step to ensuring we get the best mobility future possible,” adds Richard Li, associate.