In a rapidly urbanizing world, societies become more and more conscious about their energy consumption and its impact on the environment. As a result, people feel the need to travel as efficient as possible and without the air pollution emitted by the combustion engine we use nowadays. Having the ambition to facilitate this global transition, FIER Automotive accelerate the development of the technology and platforms needed to create and establish the mobility solutions of the future.
From conventional to smart mobility
With societies turning into networks, their surroundings become networks too. Mobility used to take place on roads and highways alone. However, for their fuel electric cars can be connected to,
for example, solar panels on the roofs of houses and the power grid. This need for connection will integrate mobility with the surrounding buildings, transforming the human environment into a
mobility and energy network.
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From combustion engine to electric driving
Considering the entire lifecycle, electric cars are three times more efficient than cars with combustion engines. To enable people and goods to move as efficient as possible, vehicles like bikes,
cars and trucks, will be electrified in the next two decades. With battery technology getting better by the day and large urban areas suffering from heavy air pollution, cities are about to
make this transition.
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From car ownership to mobility as a service
Being a symbol of success and welfare, car ownership has been and still is very popular. However, future mobility is shaped by efficiency and sustainability, not the need for appearance. In
the near future most people will not own a car, but rather order it as a service from a mobility provider or fleet owner. This concept is known as ‘e-mobility as a service’ or ‘eMaaS’.
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Getting the market ready: From selling to servicing
Retailers, dealerships and fleet managers connect the automotive industry with the end-user. For a smooth transition to sustainable mobility, this requires them to rethink their business models
and their very own role in servicing future mobility.
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In the past few months, it has been hard to get out of the news: In September, the Dutch government announced an increase in the BiK to the EVs, which will take effect as of next year.
In the study "Electric cars in the corporate market: from addition benefit to disadvantage", the effects of the policy change analysed and placed in an international context. The research shows that the changes in the BiK rules, electric driving, for employees with "a company car", makes them uninteresting. In 2019 already for the more expensive electric cars and in 2020 and thereafter also for the cheaper car segments. As a result, sales are expected to fall sharply.
The study also shows that while the Dutch government is prematurely phasing out the so far extremely successful incentive policy for electric cars in the corporate market, foreign governments are actually improving their incentive policy for electric cars. This will have a negative effect on the availability of electric cars for the Dutch market.
For this analysis, FIER's experts have used their years of experience in pan-European projects aimed at analysing the effectiveness of policies to promote electric mobility.
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FIER Automotive was founded at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam to facilitate innovative and economic research in the automotive industry. In 1994 FIER Automotive became an independent company. Early 2008 we moved our office to the city of Helmond, where FIER Automotive was one of the initiators of the AutomotiveCampus. Being an expert in business development in the field of sustainable mobility, FIER Automotive is initiator and owner of groundbreaking projects and concepts.
A selection of our clients: Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), Foundation Limburg Electric, Province of Limburg, DriveOregon (Portland, US), Stedin, Rijkswaterstaat, European Commission, Seacon Logistics.
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