The European Green Vehicles Initiative (EGVI cPPP)
The European Green Vehicles Initiative is a contractual Public Private Partnership (cPPP) dedicated to delivering green vehicles and mobility system solutions of the future which match the major societal, environmental and economic challenges. Launch in 2013, as part of the “Smart, Green and Integrated Transport” challenge of Horizon 2020, EGVI has succeeded to the European Green Cars Initiative (2009-2013). The latter was created in an ad-hoc manner in the 7th Framework Programme, in response to the global economic crisis of 2008, and led to the joint funding of 113 collaborative research projects. Bringing together stakeholders from three different European Technology Platforms (ERTRAC, EPoSS and Smart Grids) gathered into the European Green Vehicles Initiative Association (EGVIA) and the involved European Commission services (DG RTD, DG MOVE, DG Connect), the European Green Vehicles Initiative is following a system approach to tackle the challenge of decarbonisation of road transport, and contribute to the transition to greener road transport, while boosting the innovative strength and competitiveness of the European economy.
While the Green Cars Initiative was mainly focusing on passenger cars, EGVI cPPP is covering all types of vehicles, from passenger cars, trucks and buses to two-wheelers and new vehicles concepts. It focuses on the development and integration of technologies enabling the improvement of the energy efficiency of vehicles using alternative powertrains. Although the scopes of the two initiatives slightly differ, the approach and working methods developed are similar and based on the successful experience of Green Cars Initiative. EGVI is following an integrated approach to cover the entire process chain from resource application up to demonstration and creation of services, with the aim to extend research and development to innovation.
The European Green Vehicles Initiative is promoting and facilitating pre-competitive research on road transport vehicles within the European Research Area. By identifying the research needs to achieve the targets set in European transport, energy and environmental policies, the EGVI cPPP is contributing to draft the path towards the decarbonisation of the European road transport sector and will contribute to the achievement of the ambitious goal of reducing CO2 emissions from transport by 60% compared to 1990 level by 2050, as defined in the White Paper for transport from 2011. Beyond the decarbonisation objective, the EGVI cPPP is also supporting the competitiveness of a sustainable transport system in Europe and beyond, development of markets, commercialisation production and ultimately employment in the sector.