€42 million electromobility initiative kicked off in Europe

Siim Kallas, EC
Commissioner for
Brussels, Belgium — (METERING.COM) — April 1, 2011 – A 4-year, €42 million cross”European initiative to promote electromobility, Green eMotion, has been kicked off by the European Commission, which is also making available €24.2 million in support.

The initiative includes 42 partners comprising industrial companies, automobile manufacturers, utilities, municipalities, universities, and technology and research institutions, which will input, exchange and expand their know”how and experience in selected regions within Europe.

A key issue is the development of European processes, standards and IT solutions that allow customers of electric vehicles easy and seamless access to charging infrastructure and related services throughout the European Union. Standardization is also a key factor for a fast and cost efficient European rollout of electromobility.

The total number of charging spots within the existing demonstration regions will be more than 10,000, with nearly 1,000 to be installed in Barcelona, Madrid and Malaga, some 400 in Rome and Pisa, approximately 3,600 in Berlin and about 100 in Strasbourg. In Denmark, the country with the world’s largest share of wind”based power generation, car importers expect to put 2,000 electric cars on the roads over the course of this year and as many as 2,000 public and semi”public charging stations will be installed in Copenhagen, Bornholm and Malmö. Further, some 2,000 electric vehicles and approximately 3,500 charging stations are part of a nationwide rollout in Ireland.

Experience with cars, busses and two”wheelers with pure electric drive systems and as hybrid vehicles is to be gathered in the project.

“Electromobility will make an important contribution toward reducing carbon dioxide emissions,” said said Siim Kallas, vice president of the European Commission and commissioner responsible for Transport. “Green eMotion is intended to ensure the fast”track success of electric vehicles.”

Specifically the initiative will:

  • Compare the twelve ongoing regional and national electromobility initiatives in eight different EU member states
  • Compare the different technology approaches, and
  • Contribute to the identification of the best solutions for the European market.

An interoperable platform will be created to enable the different actors to interact and to allow for new high value transportation services and innovative billing systems. It also will contribute to the improvement and development of new and existing standards for electromobility. Green eMotion will demonstrate this interoperable electromobility framework in all participating regions and will thus provide the basis for its replication across Europe.

Partners in the initiative include the utilities, Dansk Energi, EDF, Endesa, Enel, ESB, Eurelectric, Iberdrola, RWE and PPC, the industrial companies Alstom, Better Place, Bosch, IBM, SAP and Siemens, the automobile manufacturers BMW, Daimler, Micro-Vett, Renault and Nissan, the municipalities Dublin, Cork, Copenhagen, Bornholm, Malmö, Malaga, Rome, Barcelona and Berlin, the universities and research institutions Cartif Cidaut, DTU, ECN, ERSE, Imperial, IREC, LABEIN, and TCD, and the technology institutions DTI, FKA and TÜV Nord.