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The European Commission, Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology(DG CONNECT) commissioned AEA to undertake a service contract entitled "Impact of ICT R&D in the Large Scale Deployment of the Electric Vehicle”. This project'saim was to collate and analyse the growing body of knowledge in European efforts for the application of ICT and smart systems in fully electric vehicles (FEVs) to support policymaking in this area. The project started in November 2011 and is approximately one year in duration.
The objectives of this project were to:
A. Analyse the existing landscape of European R&D, manufacturing and deployment in the domains of ICT and smart systems and architectures for the fully electric vehicle, and draw comparisons with other world regions;
B. Assess the future potential for these domains within Europe, and the enabling role of ICT and smart systems in the deployment of the fully electric vehicle;
C. Identify barriers and hurdles to development and deployment of the fully electric vehicle in Europe, drawing on experience from trial deployments to date, and evaluate roadmaps towards overcoming these hurdles;
D. Assess the environmental and health impacts of the deployment of electric vehicles compared with other types of vehicle, assess weaknesses and threats, and evaluate the role of ICT and smart systems in bringing about potential environmental and health benefits;
E. Analyse the potential contribution of the fully electric vehicle towards achieving European socio-economic goals;
F. Collate the above work in order to provide policy advice on European strategies for R&D in the area of ICT and smart systems for the fully electric vehicle, in particular for R&D “lighthouse” projects to accelerate the development and deployment of electric vehicles in Europe.