Transport and Covid-19: responses and resources

Cleaner Vehicles: Achieving a Resilient Technology Transition


This report evaluates policies for transitioning to clean vehicles and clean energy for road transport. The review includes measures that can help to scale up the transition quickly and instruments to manage it. It analyses technologies for clean passenger cars, light commercial vehicles, buses and trucks, and identifies solutions that deliver the greatest benefits. It reviews the policies for the promotion of clean vehicles currently in place and assesses the response of private sector stakeholders. The study specifically takes account of increasing digital connectivity and automation.

This report is part of the Decarbonising Transport initiative

Policy Insights

  • Support the adoption of clean vehicles with targeted policy action and by increasing transparency of their carbon footprint.
  • Prioritise a transition to direct electrification of vehicles and renewable energy.
  • Address challenges in resource efficiency and sustainable supply chains.
  • Prepare for a transition from fuel duties by seizing opportunities arising from increased connectivity and accelerating enabling regulatory actions.
  • Include infrastructure for easy access to clean energy and digital connectivity of road transport in Covid‑19 recovery packages.
  • Prepare for the impact of the sustainable mobility transition on jobs, required skill sets and social equity.
  • Accelerate the development of other low-carbon technologies.

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