Ref. Ares(2019)2204510 - 28/03/2019
Commissioner Violeta BULC
Meeting with President of ERTRAC and CEO of Hidria
26 October 2018
Symposium on Mobility, 26 October, Slovenia
Member of Cabinet responsible:
DG participant(s): (including contact number):
We share the ERTRACs vision of seamless and emission-free
mobility for people and goods, based on renewable energy, and
reducing accident rates to zero.
And, I fully agree on the need for road transport research if we are
to realise that vision.
We need to keep in mind that to get to the long-term vision, we
need to manage the short-term. We thus need to ensure that
European R&I support is well-targeted and effective on the next
steps of the transition. We need effective transition from R&I to
SUPPORT FOR RESEARCH
I want to see European industry remaining a world leader in
innovation, production and services. I thus accept and support the
need for continuing research on road transport.
Support - and funding - may come from a variety of sources:
private, public or a mixture of the two.
Business / Privately-led Research
The automotive sector, a large employer in Europe, has always
been a heavy investor in research – on average 4% of its income.
We welcome the ambitious strategies and large-scale investment
programmes presented by automotive original equipment
manufacturers (OEMs) over recent months.
These investments respond to consumer needs. We need more
low- and zero-emission vehicles to meet real consumer needs and
Parterships, including public-private partnerships (PPPs), have a
history of delivering. Your paper points to the success of the
European Green Vehicle Initiative (EGVI) [see Background Notes]
COM is currently working on the next long-term EU budget. This
includes work / deliberation on the role and relevance of public-
It is currently premature to discuss the continuation of any
particular existing partnership. So, no promises today about the
continuation of the ECVI cPPP.
However, in general terms, we favour a partnership that works
towards zero emissions transport.
If transport system innovation is to be delivered and implemented
effectively, a partnership should consider key issues of system
innovation (including infrastructure and services) and real
Further, I hope to see a partnership on automated and
autonomous vehicles. This topic is important enough to warrant a
"stand-alone" partnership. The scope of such a partnership should
go beyond vehicles alone and include infrastructure.
H2020 and Horizon Europe
As a public body, COM will continue to support research.
I am aware of the excellent results obtained from projects in which
ERTRAC members have participated in H2020. There will
certainly be opportunities for ERTRAC’s involvement in future
For its part, COM will continue efforts in favour of
decarbonisation and digitialisation. We want greater transport
system efficiency (including modal shift, multi-modality, etc.), the
promotion of low-emission alternative energy forms and an
accelerated uptake of low- and zero-emission vehicles
Our Horizon Europe proposes €15 billion in funding [cf. Cluster 4 of
Pillar 2 – Climate, Energy and Mobility]
Here [cluster 4]
we see several headings (industrial competitiveness in
transport, clean transport and mobility, smart mobility, energy
storage) under which ERTRAC members can access EU funding
Your vision paper for road transport research mentions a number
of areas that are directly relevant to our current Mobility Package
proposals – and on these would welcome support.
Let me highlight a few examples.
We are working on developing an alternative fuels infrastructure,
including related electro-mobility facilities. Clearly work is still
needed on issues such as improved battery technology. (Moreover,
at this stage, we still see room for all (alternative) fuels. In 2030, a
large number of vehicles will probably still be conventionally
fuelled, so increasing conventional fuel efficiency also remains
important consideration - with research implications.
We have also proposed action on road charging, not least because
road pricing can be a fair and effective way to guide user behaviour
and ultimately lead to economically efficient emission reductions.
In the future, it should be possible for Member States to exchange
information on toll offenders (this should help the development of
free-flow tolling systems) and the inclusion of automatic number
plate recognition in the scope of the EETS Directive could be a
step towards seamless mobility services.
To take a final example that is high on my agenda – road safety.
This should have a prominent place in transport research. Some of
the areas on which we could concentrate are: (i) developing road
safety strategies built on the Safe System approach with multiple
layers of protection; (ii) responding to new mobility patterns (e.g.
electro-mobility or vehicle-sharing schemes or social changes
associated with ageing populations; (iii) the safe deployment of
automation (interaction between humans and automated vehicles
fitted with complex human-machine interfaces; (iv) cheap and
effective methods for alcohol and drug detection
By combining our efforts over sectors and disciplines, we can
respond successfully to the challenges of our - changing - times.
How will Horizon Europe support research in the automotive sector?
Horizon Europe will focus on policy-relevant support, basic research and support to
innovative companies. Transport will be addressed from a multimodal, system-driven
perspective, focussing on achieving EU objectives.
The COM proposal foresees that Cluster 4 of Pillar 2 of the proposal – Climate,
Energy and Mobility – should receive €15 billion in funding. Within that cluster there
are several headings (including industrial competitiveness in transport, clean transport
and mobility, smart mobility, energy storage) under which ERTRAC members could
apply for EU funding.
Why has COM not proposed prolonging the Green Vehicles cPPP under Horizon
COM has not yet decided on any concrete partnerships. The Horizon Europe legal
framework proposes only the general conditions to be met by partnerships.
Concrete ideas for partnerships will be proposed as part of the strategic plan (end
2018), followed by legal proposals for joint undertakings at a later stage.
Will COM propose a new Joint Undertaking for CCAM under Horizon Europe?
See answer above.
ERTRAC Vison for Road Transport Research – see annex.
European Green Vehicle Initiative (EGVI)
EGVI is a public-private partnership based on Article 19 of the Horizon 2020 Regulation
setting out a contractual arrangement between COM and the private sector. The private
side of the PPP is represented by the European Green Vehicles Initiative Association
(EGVIA). The role of the Association is to engage in the contractual PPP with COM and
collaborate with COM services responsible for implementation of Horizon 2020 on
research, technological development along the value chain, and demonstration.
The estimated EGVI budget is €1.5 billion (EU contribution €750 million from Horizon
2020 programme budget; industrial partners €750 million).
Objectives and Scope
The scope of the European Green Vehicles Initiative focuses on the energy efficiency of
vehicles and alternative powertrains
in the road transport sector. It covers several
types of road vehicles, from passenger cars, trucks and buses to two-wheelers and new
vehicle concepts. The topics addressed within the EGVI PPP need to respond to this
goal of energy efficiency of vehicles and alternative powertrains. They concern all the
technologies required at various product layers - from modules to systems and vehicles, as
well as the integration of resources and the integration into the infrastructures. The
objective of this integrated approach is to cover the entire process chain from resource
application to demonstration and creation of services, and to extend research and
development to innovation.
Figure: The scope of the EGVI PPP – examples of technology content.