International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE)

Date of Award


Degree Type

Research Paper

Degree Name

Master of Science in Environmental Science and Policy (ES&P)


International Development, Community and Environment

Chief Instructor

Christopher Van Atten


The number of passenger cars in use worldwide has been steadily increasing. This has led to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollutants, and new efforts to develop alternative fuel vehicles to mitigate reliance on petroleum. Alternative fuel vehicles include a wide range of technologies powered by energy sources other than gasoline or diesel fuel. They use electricity, biofuels, and other alternative energy sources. Governments around the world are working to encourage the development and adoption of alternative fuel vehicles, including production mandates, tax subsidies, and other incentives. This paper discusses and compares the programs and policies to en- courage alternative fuel vehicles adoption in the U.S. and China, and finds more simi- larities than differences in their approaches.



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