Commissioner Martin Bangemann presented the Commission's recently established "Car of Tomorrow" Task Force at a conference on this subject held at the European Parliament on 6 July 1995. Mr. Bangemann stressed the urgent need for concrete steps to be taken to increase the coherence and effectiveness of actions already undertaken with regard to research, demonstration and dissemination in the area of ultra low and/or zero emission vehicles. He expressed the wish that Community action would help to catalyze work already initiated thus generating the critical mass necessary to accelerate the development of vehicle prototypes. The approach adopted by the Commission is based on close collaboration with the industries involved in this area: the automobile sector, producers and distributors of energy, public authorities and vehicle operators. With these objectives in mind, the "Car of Tomorrow" Task Force will: - Establish an Action Plan, in consultation with all the actors concerned, which will include identification of needs and priorities and definition of actions which need be addressed at European level (RTD, demonstration and validation) in order to ensure market acceptance of a new generation of competitive, ultra low and/or zero emission vehicles; - Define the necessary steps, timescale and performance and energy-environment efficiency targets for the development of a series of vehicle projects demonstrating best available technologies; - Identify technological bottlenecks restricting the rapid development of ultra low and/or zero emission vehicles; - Examine the role of advanced propulsion technologies, notably those associated with batteries and fuel cells, and other key associated technologies (electronics, light materials, etc.); - Provide a reference framework for benchmarking ultra low and zero emission vehicle technologies and encourage the integration of best practice in vehicle and infrastructure technology; - Provide a policy review framework to ensure compatibility between developments in vehicle technology and emerging Community policies on energy, environment, industry and transport; - Identify and develop support measures for accelerating the transfer of RTD results onto the market; An Action Plan proposing specific measures and a timetable for achieving the objectives of the Task Force should be prepared within three months of the approval of the Terms of Reference by the Commissioners concerned.
Policy making and guidelines
28 June 1995