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Smart EV-VC: Smart Electric Vehicle Value Chains. (EU418)

The objectives of sustainable road mobility, i.e. energy efficiency, climate protection, and zero emissions, imply a paradigm shift in the concept of the automobile regarding its architecture, design, materials, and propulsion technology. The fully electric vehicle (FEV) is widely considered the most suitable option for the 'green' car of the future, even though it is still facing a multitude of challenges in terms of product maturity
In order to maintain its role as the world's largest producer of cars, Europe has to anticipate these challenges of a move towards the FEV and adapt its automotive value chain to them in due time. The proposed Coordination Action Smart EV-VC will develop, recommend and initiate a multitude of tangible measures for this purpose, including the definition of common goals in terms of unique selling points of the FEV "made in Europe", the compilation of a European roadmap, the promotion of novel links in the European FEV value chain by e.g. developing harmonized curricula for education and training, initiating standards, and drafting concepts for shared facilities as well as giving advice for the inclusion of small and medium sized enterprises (SME).
Based on initial FEV related technology roadmap activities by members of the European Technology Platforms EPoSS, ERTRAC, and SmartGrids in the Public-Private Partnership European Green Cars Initiative, and sustaining the work carried out previously within projects funded under the umbrella of this initiative, the Smart EV-VC project will compile a dedicated implementation agenda in preparation of Horizon 2020, also aiming at coherences and complementarities between EU and members states programmes, and at establishing contacts at an international level beyond Europe. It will cover strategic research, development and innovation for the FEV "made in Europe" with a particular focus on ICT and smart systems as key enabling technologies.
Within its core consortium Smart EV-VC will therefore bring together major industrial partners from all involved sectors along the value chain around a dialogue on a common understanding about impact, R&D priorities, infrastructure needs and framework requirements. To broaden the view of its work, the project will also involve about 20 other organizations as associated partners.
Date:1 Oct 2012  →  30 Sep 2014
Keywords:Value Chain, Electric Vehicles, Traction Batteries And Battery Chargers
Disciplines:Mechanical and manufacturing engineering, Electrical and electronic engineering, Chemical sciences