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23 September 2015

Interview with Saša Bart, Representing Commitment ‘4762 – Collaborative Platform to Mobilise a Europe-Wide Dialogue on the Potential for EVs’

Could you describe your commitment in a few words?

EV4SCC (Electric Vehicles for Sustainable Cities and Communities) is a new collaborative platform to mobilise a Europe-wide dialogue on the potential for EVs to be integrated in smart city initiatives.

The EV4SCC collaborative platform will be dedicated to bringing together and promoting innovative ideas and actions from across Europe, with 13 different countries represented by 45 partners. This will create a dynamic electric vehicle marketplace to facilitate open innovation, information sharing and collaborative problem solving.

This initiative would also like to facilitate in the future public procurement for vehicles and charging infrastructure. The outcomes of this collaboration will be promoted globally with the intention to raise awareness and create some tangible economic activity to deliver further progress.

What is the status of your commitment progress right now?

So far, we have developed and shared a survey to profile the different needs, priorities and capabilities of the partners to the commitment. We have organised a EV4SCC symposium to further develop a shared outlook on the key challenges and opportunities to harness the potential for electric mobility to create smarter and more sustainable cities.

What is really interesting is that a certain number of our members have already started to work together to develop collaborative proposals on Horizon 2020 and other funding instruments. Through these and other actions, the commitment is supporting the ongoing efforts of partners in advancing innovative solutions for electric mobility and smart cities and communities.

What are your main strengths to achieve your goals?

Apart from the extensive number of members ranging from cities, regions, research institutions, SMEs, government agencies, transport service providers, energy companies and others, the initiative is specifically focused on identifying, developing, and scaling up integrated smart city initiatives that combine energy, mobility and ICT.

Moreover, by integrating the perspectives of both cities and industry, the focus will be on solutions that offer significant commercial potential and meet political goals on emissions reduction, energy efficiency and competitiveness. Integrating actors from across the EV ecosystem also provides a way to break down barriers and avoid siloed solutions.

What are your main weaknesses and how could the Market Place help you to overcome them?

Building collaborative platforms, thereby engaging different stakeholders from vast arrays of technology niches, market sectors, government and local bodies represent a challenging set of activities, where connection speed, information exchange, ease of use, and getting the partnerships right are the key success factors.

Furthermore, aligning commitment goals, funding opportunities and the aims of specific funding programmes with different stakeholder targets can be time consuming. The Market Place can facilitate some of the communication aspects and speed up the information exchange as well as distributing important project insights to interested parties.

What are your next steps?

We plan to launch our dedicated online community which will directly connect EV4SCC partners and eventually be open to other invited partners, further enforcing and encouraging collaboration by bringing together partners and interested stakeholders. We also plan to continue with our road shows.

EV4SCC will also continue to facilitate collaborative bids to Horizon 2020 and other funding instruments as well as future public procurement for vehicles and charging infrastructure.