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To: Ms Christine Jenkins - European Commission – DG Energy & TransportSent to: TREN-GREEN-PAPER@ec.europa.euDate: 26 February 2009Subject: Answer to the EC Consultation on the Green Paper towards a Secure, Sustainable and CompetitiveEuropean Energy Network_____________________________________________________________________________________Dear Ms Jenkins,EARPA hereby would like to answer the European Commission public consultation on the Green Papertowards a Secure, Sustainable and Competitive European Energy Network.As you may already know, EARPA is the association of automotive R&D organizations. It brings together themost prominent independent R&D providers in the automotive sector throughout Europe. Its membershipcounts at present 32 members ranging from large and small commercial organizations to national institutesand universities. For more information, please visit our website at www.earpa.org.One of the key activities of EARPA in the last years has been the setting up and running, with its mainpartners of ERTRAC, the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council. Recognizing the requirementsof the European Commission for guidance on topics that might provide a ‘break through’ or ‘step-change’ inthe near future, ERTRAC has considered that one topic justifies a particular focus – this is the subject of theelectrification of the road transport system. Accordingly, ERTRAC views, strongly supported by EARPA, havebeen published in a strategy paper on “The Electrification Approach to Urban Mobility and Transport” jointlywritten with the EPOSS European Technology Platform (January 2009, see: www.ertrac.org).EARPA would like to highlight this paper’s statement that, if improvements should be made in terms ofenergy efficiency to our transport system, those would require adaptations of our European Energy Networkand its infrastructures:“The electrification of road transport establishes yet another link between the energy and mobility sectors aswell as a new domain of services in regards to the management of Electric Mobility as for the first time itbrings together utilities and grid operators with the makers and users of the automobile. Electric vehiclerequests to be complemented by other transportation modes and thus boosts need for intermodality(different means of transportation)/ interoperability (with infrastructures and traffic management). The fulleconomic and environmental potential of this concept can only be exploited if novel solutions exist for therouting of electric energy and power along the path from the power generation via the grid infrastructure tothe single vehicle and particularly its accumulators and drives.…The involvement of stakeholders from all involved sectors will be crucial for a successful move towardselectric mobility and transport.”Accordingly, EARPA would like to point out that further links should be made by the European Commissionwithin its Energy policy to its Transport policy in order to allow such break through that represents thesubstantial use of Electric Vehicles to happen. The migration towards electricity is not only a massive changein vehicle technologies and systems. Furthermore a tighter partnership of stakeholders in all stages of1European Automotive Research Partners Association aisbl3 Rue de Luxembourg B-1000 Brussels, Belgium Tel +32 (0) 2 50 15 353 Fax +32 (0) 2 50 15 350


planning, engineering, introducing and operating these vehicles has to be established. Joint activities areneeded to create cooperation models as well as introduction plans and business models. EARPA believesthat, without a strong partnership between the mobility actors and the energy sector (energy providers aswell as the energy infrastructures managers, see graphic below), such break through would be impossible toachieve.One way supported by EARPA to go further in making strong step forwards on such topic would be thecreation of a Public Private Partnership on Electric Mobility for Urban Areas having on board transport andenergy actors together. Priorities of the initiative should be to create the technologies, components andsubcomponents, infrastructures, and, what is of high urgency and importance, regulations, required for themass use of electric vehicles in urban areas in Europe.Hoping that those comments will be of interest and used by the European Commission while defining furtherits energy policy, EARPA remain at the EC disposal for any further inputs on this topic.Should you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact either myself or Ms. Muriel Attané,EARPA Secretary General (Muriel.attane@tno.nl; Tel: +31 610930003).Kind regards,Mr Josef AffezellerEARPA Chairman2European Automotive Research Partners Association aisbl3 Rue de Luxembourg B-1000 Brussels, Belgium Tel +32 (0) 2 50 15 353 Fax +32 (0) 2 50 15 350

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