ENEVATE targets electric road vehicles, energy infrastructure, integrated mobility concepts, enables other actors and demonstrates the potentials of electric mobility through pilot actions. During the 4-year term of the project, the general public expectations regarding electric mobility shifted from over- to underestimation. This is what had to be expected from the beginning. The highly developed car industry, capable of producing sophisticated cars at low production costs, cannot be turned around in a matter of years. It takes courage to start the production of large numbers of electric vehicles, but only large scale production can guaranty low cost levels. Only recently some OEM’s have started this large scale production, which will give a boost to the electric vehicle market by slowly decreasing car-prices to a level which is affordable for a large number of consumers. Therefore we can state that the number of sold electric vehicles in NWE lags behind the 4 years ago too optimistic predictions, but we can also state that the rise of the electric vehicle has begun and cannot be stopped anymore.
Within ENEVATE we have been able to reach most of the goals that we have set for the project. We do know how the NWE EV supply chain currently is developed, how it will mature in the future, how charging infrastructure can effectively be developed in any NWE region by using our toolkit, what drives consumers to buy electric vehicles, how consumers can fill in the shortcomings of electric mobility by new mobility concepts, how new, 3rd phasepilots or commercially viable EV-projects can be optimised by using the knowledge gained in earlier pilot projects, how to bring relevant actors together and teach them the findings of the ENEVATE project, also in the future (e-learning).
Nonetheless the dissemination of e-mobility is, due to different factors, a slow but steady process, which needs to be promoted by all relevant stakeholders.
So to say:
E-Mobility is not a revolution but an evolution!