The mobility of the future – how will it look like? A high-level delegation of the Four Motors for Europe investigated this question on the 21.1.2019 in Brussels. In Meetings with representatives from the EU institutions, automotive associations as well as NGOs the focal Topic has been the role of regions in the Transition process towards the mobility of the future.
The partners Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Baden-Württemberg, Catalonia and Lombardy are home to numerous automotive manufacturers and suppliers. Among the most well-known manufacturers and suppliers that operate in the Four Motors for Europe are Alfa Romeo S.p.A., Bosch, Daimler, Seat S.A. as well as Renault S.A. The Transition towards the Emission free, automated and connected mobility of the future brings new opportunities as well as challenges to the automotive industry. The Four Motors for Europe have chosen a proactive Approach to tackle These challenges. This is why, the working group electric mobility and future transport technologies has been formed several years ago.
The aim of the high-Level delegation has been to advance the political Exchange among the Four Motors for Europe as well as the dialogue with European actors. To this aim the Group met representatives from the European Commission, the Committee of the Regions, automotive associations like ACEA, the German VDA and the French PFA as well as the environmental think tank Transport and Environment.
The interlocutors agreed that the key challenges ahead are the reduction of CO2 emissions as well as the digitilisation. In order to master these challenges, Research and Development, investments in infrastructure, well-targeted funding as well as the necessary legal framework play a crucial role. Moreover, civil society should be involved in these processes. Due to the high complexity of the issue, a constant dialogue and mutual learning between politics and industry is needed. The Four Motors for Europe will elaborate upon the insights gained both in their regions and as a group.