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Launch of 4 Smart Connected eMobility pilot projects supported by the FIA

FIA Region I President, Werner Kraus, speaking at the launch event in the European Parliament.

Press Release

Brussels, 9 February 2012


Four European eMobility pilot projects (SmartCEM, ICT4EVU, MOBI.Europe, and MOLECULES) were kick-started at a launch event in the European Parliament yesterday (8 February 2012). Each programme strives to enhance user experience and acceptance of electric vehicles through demonstrations on test sites in different Member States.
Werner Kraus, President of FIA Region I (which represents 104 Automobile and Touring Clubs across Europe, the Middle East and Africa), commented on the SmartCEM pilot project of which the FIA is a partner:
“Raising consumer awareness is key for the adoption of new technologies and the FIA and its member Clubs are best placed to play this role. That’s why the FIA fully supports the SmartCEM initiative and the demonstration of eMobility as a real alternative for our day-to-day mobility.”
Jacob Bangsgaard, Director General of FIA Region I, added:
“The successful application of Intelligent Transport Systems can remove some of the main barriers to consumer adoption of electric vehicles, for example, anxiety over the range of these vehicles. SmartCEM will help demonstrate that intelligent mobility solutions now allow eMobility to meet the needs of everyday life.”
Key objectives of the four projects involved include:

•         Increasing industry cooperation and supporting interoperability and common standards for the benefit of end-users;
•         Supporting the integration of eMobility as an alternative urban mobility solution by local authorities;
•         Demonstrating directly to the public the benefits of new vehicles and services, how they work and what they are like to drive.
Notes to Editor:
SmartCEM Pilot Project
The SmartCEM pilot project aims to demonstrate the potential for electric vehicles in urban and interurban context and to encourage the uptake of EVs through advanced and heterogeneous mobility services (EV-navigation, EV-efficient driving, EV-trip management, EV-charging station management, EV-sharing management). Through the integration of information and communication technologies, SmartCEM intends to increase awareness of electro mobility and encourage the use of electric vehicles as part of everyday life. The FIA is a partner of the project.

FIA Region I
FIA Region I represents 104 Touring and Motoring Clubs in the European Union, as well as Africa and the Middle East from its Brussels office, which total more than 36 million members. The FIA represents the interest of these members as motorists, public transport users, pedestrians and tourists.
The FIA’s primary goal is to secure a mobility that is safe, affordable, sustainable and efficient. With these aims in mind the work focuses on Road Safety, Consumer Protection, Environmental Protection, and the promotion of Sustainable Motoring.
For more information please contact Niall Carty, Communications Manager, FIA Region I: (Tel: 0032 2 282 0812 or 0032 486 650 216).

FIA Region I President, Werner Kraus, together with Malcolm Harbour MEP, Chair of the IMCO Committee, and FIA Region I Director General, Jacob Bangsgaard.

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