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Task Force "Car of Tomorrow": Plan of action

The European Commission has published the plan of action for the "Car of Tomorrow" Task Force, established, in May 1995, at the initiative of Commissioners Edith Cresson, Martin Bangemann and Neil Kinnock.

The Action Plan is based on consultations with representatives of publ...
The European Commission has published the plan of action for the "Car of Tomorrow" Task Force, established, in May 1995, at the initiative of Commissioners Edith Cresson, Martin Bangemann and Neil Kinnock.

The Action Plan is based on consultations with representatives of public and private organizations concerned with the use and production of vehicles, and on a series of investigations conducted by the Task Force itself. It also takes account of the Terms of Reference of the Task Force which requires:

- The preparation of an inventory of the current situation in the European Union, identifying current actions in this area (at public, private, national and Community level);

- The definition of research priorities and technological objectives whilst, at the same time, proposing a regrouping of projects selected under the Fourth RTD Framework Programme.

As a result of the analysis and mapping exercise which has examined the current situation and identified the shortfalls, it is concluded that:

- Additional RTD and demonstration is needed to address strategically important priorities and comparative assessment;

- There is an urgent need to focus the efforts of collaborative research on technological breakthroughs which will permit the development of zero or ultra-low emission vehicles;

- Improved coordination is necessary both inter-programme within the Commission, and between the Commission and the exterior;

- Amongst the accompanying measures, the establishment of a framework for a dialogue with the key actors is regarded as essential.

The Action Plan comprises four distinct steps respecting the objectives and management rules of the Fourth Framework Programme:

- Step 1: Coordination "a posteriori" aimed at bringing together projects selected, through the different calls, as Target Research Actions (TRAs);

- Step 2: Integration of activities through a single infopack bringing together research, development and demonstration themes of the Action Plan;

- Step 3: Assessment of the possible need to seek additional resources to reinforce European action, notably on the most urgent themes identified by the Task Force;

- Step 4: Planning recommendations for the Fifth Framework Programme.

The following implementing actions are proposed to address the needs identified by the Task Force:

- To set up a consultative committee for consultation, between industry, users, public authorities and the Commission's Task Force, on technical and policy matters relating to the "Car of Tomorrow";

- To work together with the consultative committee, in conjunction with appropriate working groups, to provide a strategic approach to technology acquisition for the "Car of Tomorrow" and better definition of its performance targets, operating and regulatory environment;

- To define functional, safety, energy emissions performance and cost targets for research on ultra-low and zero emission vehicles, appropriate to the diverse economic, social, climatic, and geographical conditions in Europe;

- To define priorities and implement focused research and technological development (RTD) to overcome all technology barriers which inhibit rapid realization of ultra-low and/or zero emission vehicles;

- To develop methodologies for objective and subjective assessment (including marketability) of competing ultra-low and zero emission vehicle technologies and criteria for comparison and trade-off analyses which reflect EU policy objectives;

- To define and implement a phased demonstration programme for evaluation and comparison of different technologies for ultra-low and zero emission vehicles, both for short/medium term delivery (by 2000), and for longer term delivery (by 2005);

- To propose accompanying measures to facilitate the take-up of results in the market. This will include: an appropriate framework for promoting coordination of RTD and demonstration efforts at Union, national and industrial level; education and training initiatives; dissemination and exploitation activities; and issues relating to standardization, certification and type approval.

The Task Force will present an annual report to the Commission on the progress made with regard to targets set out in the Action Plan.
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