The Future of E-Mobility in Europe


Electro mobility (or E-Mobility) is a fast growing field. The concept entails the use electric powertrain technologies, in-vehicle information, and communication technologies and connected infrastructures to enable the electric propulsion of vehicles and fleets. The development of this field is mostly driven by the need to meet emission reduction requirements, by the pressures to make transport more energy-efficient, as well as by market demands for lower operational costs.

The past seven years have seen a rapid growth in the field of E-Mobility in Europe, with most automobile-makers now being engaged in the construction of a variety of electric cars. This is complemented by a growing number of electro-driven buses, as well as e-bikes, e-scouters and e-ferries, which are becoming increasingly popular.   In addition, there are over 90.000 public charging positions now available across Europe, which makes the use of e-cars much easier than what it used to be.

But despite the progresses achieved to date, a number of challenges are still being seen, from limited availability of infra-structure, to the performance of batteries and  the motivation of consumers to engage with E-Mobility. It also unclear how effective current and future government policies may be, in supporting this area.

The above state of affairs illustrates the need for a better understanding of how the field of E-Mobility is developing in Europe, and for the identification of approaches, processes, methods and tools which may help European countries to better take advantage of the many possibilities E-Mobility offers. There is also a perceived need to showcase successful examples of how E-Mobility can be implemented in cities and rural areas, and how it may be better accepted across many stakeholders and society, so as to catalyse the sort of cross-sectoral action needed to move it forward.

It is against this background that the Symposium “The Future of Electro-Mobility Europe” is being organized by the Research and Transfer Centre “Sustainable Development and Climate Change Management” of the Hamburg University of  Applied Sciences (Germany) and the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP) in collaboration with the Swedish Electromobility Centre and Chalmers University of Technology.

The Symposium will be a truly interdisciplinary event, mobilizing the automobile and associated services industry, representatives from government agencies and municipalities, and scientists/engineering undertaking research and/or executing projects on E-Mobility across the European continent.

The Symposium “The Future of Electro-Mobility  Europe” will focus on “addressing the technical challenges and communicating E-Mobility across various audiences”, hence providing a platform for reflections on research and practice on E-Mobility in Europe. The Symposium will also offer a concrete contribution towards a better understanding of the growth prospects of the E-Mobility area, and in catalysing further action to develop this field. Furthermore, the event will serve the purpose of showcasing experiences from research, field projects and best practice to foster E-Mobility among various settings and audiences, which may be useful and which could be adapted and replicated elsewhere.

Papers submitted and accepted as part of the event will be published in the book  "Electro-Mobility  in Europe: Challenges and Perspectives” by Springer, one of the top five scientific publishers. We also welcome exhibitions and displays by companies, car makers, battery producers, IT companies, researchers and enterprises working in the field of electro mobility, and who wish to showcase their work.

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Last modified: 2021-08-10