This is an essay approach to develop a discussion about the role government can play in stimulating electric vehicle (EV) diffusion, adoption and deployment in support of larger societal goals such as sustainability and urban livability.
This reviews governance strategy in support of electric vehicle innovation in a way that integrate many societal actors, including the market to move forward a project with many spillover benefits. It does this by reference to examples and projects in the Netherlands, the EU and the U.S. that articulate these strategies.
This is a Dutch perspective because it is written in that context but it has examples and viewpoints that should have a wider appeal.

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GMU School of Public Policy Research Paper
World Electric Vehicle Journal

This paper is based on a book entitled “Governing the transition to e-mobility: small steps towards a giant leap”, published by Netherlands School of Public Administration, the Hague, in 2010, ISBN: 978-90-75297-15-7, by the same authors and is abbreviated here with permission.
An earlier version of this paper was presented at the (57) 2012 Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting in New York in February, 2012.

Erasmus University Rotterdam

van der Steen, M.A, Van Deventer, P, De Bruijn, H, van Twist, M, ten Heuvelhof, E.F, Haynes, K.E, & Chen, Z. (2012). Governing and innovation: the transition to E-mobility - A dutch perspective. World Electric Vehicle Journal, 5(1), 58–71. Retrieved from