The Green eMotion project is part of the European Green Cars Initiative (EGCI) that was launched within the context of the European Recovery Plan. It supports the achievement of the EU’s ambitious climate goals, such as the reduction of CO2 emissions by 60 percent by the year 2050. EGCI supports the research and development of road transport solutions that have the potential to achieve sustainable as well as groundbreaking results in the use of renewable and non-polluting energy sources.
The Green eMotion project was officially launched by Siim Kallas, Vice President of the European Commission, at a high-level kick-off meeting in Bruxelles on 31 March 31 2011. Within four years, it will be working to prepare the foundation for the mass deployment of Europe-wide electromobility. The project has a total budget of €42 million and will be funded by the European Commission with €24 million.
A joint effort for electromobility
The Green eMotion consortium consists of forty-three partners from industry, the energy sector, electric vehicle manufacturers, and municipalities as well as universities and research institutions. They have joined forces to explore the basic conditions that need to be fulfilled for Europe-wide electromobility. The primary goal of the project is to define Europe-wide standards. To this end, practical research is being conducted in different demo regions all over Europe with the aim of developing and demonstrating a commonly accepted and user-friendly framework that combines interoperable and scalable technical solutions with a sustainable business platform. For the implementation of this framework, Green eMotion will take into account smart grid developments, innovative ICT solutions, different types of EVs, as well as urban mobility concepts.
Green eMotion brochure (US) A pan-European effort towards an interoperable electromobility systemFormat: pdf | Filesize: 6.2 MB
Green eMotion brochure (ES) A pan-European effort towards an interoperable electromobility systemFormat: pdf | Filesize: 6.4 MB
Green eMotion presentation Development of the European Framework for ElectromobilityFormat: pdf | Filesize: 0.97 MB
A Europe-wide model for sustainable transportation
The Green eMotion project is based on diverse national and European electromobility projects: It connects these ongoing regional and national initiatives and concentrates them into one international initiative. It builds upon already existing results and compares different technology approaches to make sure that the best solutions possible will be established on the European market.
The major achievements of the Green eMotion project will be:
Exploring the basic conditions for electromobility
In the Green eMotion demo regions, all the different aspects of an interoperable system of electromobility are being studied. This includes research on organizational details as well as different types of vehicles: electricity-powered passenger cars, buses, bikes, and hybrid vehicles. Other practical aspects of electromobility are also being studied, such as the possibility of recharging batteries safely anytime and anywhere with different types of charging technologies and a telecommunications infrastructure that enables billing and recharging anywhere in Europe.
Right now roughly 2,000 EVs are being driven in the Green eMotion demo regions and can rely on a network of more than 2,500 charging points. The number of EVs will grow to about 70,000 in 2015, with the number of charging points increasing to more than 80,000. In total, more than €380 millionare being spent in funded projects within these demo regions (plus private investments by Green eMotion partners).
Green eMotion recommends selected standards for an interoperable electromobility system (de facto standards for Europe)