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A close look at the EU's research on electric cars

Jul 15 2013

A JRC report on research, development and demonstration (R,D&D) projects on electric cars in the EU, with a total budget of €1.9 billion (65% from public funding), finds that increased exchange of information and more coordination between projects would result in a better leverage of the investments. The report "Paving the way to electrified road transport – Publicly funded research, development, and demonstration projects on electric and plug-in cars in Europe", lists more than 320 projects covering the period 2007-2015 which received EU or national public funding, and with a total budget of more than €1 million.

It's the third in a series of JRC reports that deal with aspects of electro-mobility in Europe. It aims to assess the potential gaps in the European R,D&D landscape and provide recommendations for the European Electromobility Observatory launched by the European Commission early this year.

Electrified vehicles will be a key technology for future urban commuting, improving urban air quality and reducing dependence on oil and other fossil fuels. Electro-mobility is part of the alternative fuels mix promoted in the "Clean Power for Transport" legislative package launched by the Commission on 25 January 2013. The package aims to facilitate the development of a single market for alternative fuels for transport in Europe in order to break the over-dependence of the European transport on oil, which currently accounts for 94%.

In addition, the report describes a JRC-developed interactive communication tool that allows the user to have a general idea on what electric cars are, including their main challenges (such as costs or limited range) and benefits. It gives an overview of the electric car components that are currently the subject of R&D. The user can browse through EU- and Member States co-funded R&D projects for more information (budget, partners, description and links). The tool also provides an overview of the quantity and location of the EU and Member State co-funded demonstration projects with the possibility to have more detailed information on each project. The final version of the EV Radar tool will be launched at the 27th International Electric Vehicle Symposium that will take place in Barcelona in November.