A new conference in Europe aims to foster discussion between research institutes, industry, NGOs and public authorities to ensure that the needs and constraints from these different stakeholders are mutually well understood and that the most appropriate products for electrified vehicles are selected for market introduction.
The European Electric Vehicle Congress (EEVC-2011) will be held in Brussels, 26–28 October 2011, and is organized by Frédéric Vergels, who has served as the Secretary General of AVERE, the European Association of Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell, Electric Vehicles, since 1998. The call for papers closes 20 June.
The needs and constraints of each of the stakeholders are different, and the most promising and optimum technologies have to be selected taking into account the technological, environmental and economical constraints, Vergels notes.
Sustainable urban mobility technology requires a roadmap, Vergels says, that should meet basic human needs for health, should provide cost-effective technologies, and should also support vibrant, sustainable economic activity. With respect to the environment, transportation should make use of land in a way that has little or no impact on the integrity of ecosystems. It should use energy sources that are essentially renewable and produce no more emissions than can be accommodated by the planet’s restorative ability.
EEVC 2011 will be held in Brussels with the aim to involve as many representatives of the European Commission, Committee of the Regions and Parliament as possible in the discussions. While the problem is global, an important part of the solution is to be found at the local level and another aim of the conference is to reinforce the dialogue between the European representatives, the local authorities, and the NGOs in the field.
Another aim is to foster synergies between research institutes and cooperation between laboratories and the industry.