Innovating towards more sustainable mobility

Europe’s ambition to reach climate neutrality by 2050 and the challenge for future road transport solutions was highlighted at EUCAR’s Virtual Conference ‘Innovating towards more sustainable mobility.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the EUCAR conference 2020 was live-streamed and gathered 233 participants.

Jean-Eric Paquet, Director-General, European Commission, DG RTD, emphasized the shift to zero-emission mobility. “This is a concept which is not an easy one to achieve, but this is the only credible way forward” the VIP speaker underlined.

Paquet: “The Commission is very keen to work with all actors, to help these deep transformations take place effectively and in an economic way but also, of course, changing the way society looks at mobility. This requires a number of partnerships and more than ever interaction with society and citizens”.

Carla Gohin, EUCAR Chairwoman 2020, shared her insights into the automotive industry’s research efforts despite the COVID-19 pandemic. “I am convinced that there won’t be only one unique solution to tackle this energy transition. It will be a diversified portfolio of solutions and technologies”, said Gohin, who is CTO, Research & Innovation Senior Vice President, PSA Peugeot-Citroën. These new mobility solutions will be key to achieving challenging targets and decreasing our global environmental footprint.

Thierry Hours, EUCAR Chairman 2021, provided the industry’s perspective on the way forward. “Our ambition is to drive and accelerate innovation while delivering tangible benefits for society. We aim to set standards for the world and keep on shaping the future of mobility,” said Hours, Vice President, CTO Office, VOLVO Group.

The panel discussion featured: Stephan Neugebauer, Chairman, ERTAC and EGVIA, Alan McKinnon, Professor of Logistics, Kühne Logistics University, Ross Douglas, Founder & CEO, Autonomy & The Urban Mobility Company and Ingrid Skogsmo, Senior Research Leader, VTI – Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute.

EUCAR’s animated film: “Innovation towards more sustainable mobility.”