Message from EUCAR Chair 2024

The automotive industry is in the midst of a massive societal transformation towards climate neutrality and digitization. We have a unique opportunity to shape the future of transportation in a way that benefits everyone. A sustainable society demands resource and energy-efficient goods, including their production and transportation processes.

In this context, logistics and commercial road transport play a crucial role in achieving our sustainability goals. Commercial vehicles serve a wide range of functions for the transportation of people and goods. Many essential services for society are delivered by trucks, buses, and vans.

In the future, the increased demand for renewable energy from all sectors, including industry, housing, etc., will impact the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for transportation. Regulatory requirements, energy provision, and infrastructure availability should facilitate early adoption until net-zero operation becomes cost-competitive. A diversified powertrain setup for propulsion is needed to accommodate the specific operational needs (urban, regional, long-haul).

In collaboration with manufacturers, logistic operators, and infrastructure providers, we aim to optimize the use of digitalization and infrastructure to promote safe and efficient road transport. We will demonstrate and validate all functional aspects and associated effects in real-life conditions through large-scale road transport demonstrators.

EUCAR members are driving the development of innovative transport and mobility technologies and services, while transitioning towards a circular economy and ensuring the industry’s competitiveness. In doing so, we are strengthening Europe’s competitiveness and resilience through collaborative research and innovation across the strategic value chains in road transport.

As the 2024 Chair of EUCAR, the European Council for Automotive R&D, I am pleased to reaffirm our commitment: we will work with our European partners to develop solutions that will be adopted globally and invest in strategic value chains for road transport.

We strongly believe that by working together, we can create a future where transportation is sustainable, safe, clean, and efficient for all.

Sincerely,

Riccardo Romanini
Chair of EUCAR
Director, Vehicle Conformance, Iveco Group