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Research of the EU automotive industry into low-carbon vehicles and the role of public intervention

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The automotive sector is the largest industrial R&D investor in the EU. The present note assesses which parts of the sector's research efforts are dedicated towards the development of low-carbon vehicle technologies. The results indicate that relevant companies invest significant amounts in the development of more efficient conventional engine technologies and in electric vehicles, while fuel-cell vehicles have become of lower interest. The note suggests that the role of the public sector should focus on guiding research of this sector so as to bring it in line with the EU climate policy targets. To this end, setting long-term targets and regulation are considered an important tool together with the creation of market demand measures.

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  • Tobias Wiesenthal & Guillaume Leduc & J. Köhler & Wolfgang Schade & Burkhard Schade, 2010. "Research of the EU automotive industry into low-carbon vehicles and the role of public intervention," JRC Working Papers JRC58727, Joint Research Centre (Seville site).
  • Handle: RePEc:ipt:iptwpa:jrc58727
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    1. von Rosenstiel, Dirk Peters & Heuermann, Daniel F. & Hüsig, Stefan, 2015. "Why has the introduction of natural gas vehicles failed in Germany?—Lessons on the role of market failure in markets for alternative fuel vehicles," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 78(C), pages 91-101.
    2. Kreuzer, Fabian Maximilian & Wilmsmeier, Gordon, 2014. "Energy efficiency and mobility: A roadmap towards a greener economy in Latin America and the Caribbean," Documentos de Proyectos 602, Naciones Unidas Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL).

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    Keywords

    Low-carbon vehicles; automotive industry; public intervention;

    JEL classification:

    • R40 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - General
    • L9 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities
    • O30 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General

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