This was the key message that emerged from the first FISITA World Automotive Summit held in Falkenstein Germany from 15-16 July 2009 and organised by global automotive engineering association FISITA.

Senior executives from global vehicle manufacturers suppliers and energy companies joined with experts from academia scientific bodies government and NGOs to discuss the most effective ways to achieve significant CO2 reduction in road transportation in advance of December’s United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen.

The discussions focussed on the potential gains to be made in the areas of Fuels and Fuel Economy Electrification and Traffic Management.

Mr. Edgar Thielmann Head of the Galileo Project from the EC and Russ Shields Chair of Ygomi LLC spoke on Traffic Management focussing on how ITS and vehicle communications can help lower CO2.

Mr. Thielmann told the summit that there were significant CO2 reductions to be achieved from better transport demand/mode choice improved traffic flow and changes in driver behaviour.
He cited a recent study by McKinsey which suggested that improving traffic flow and driver behaviour were the most cost-effective solutions to CO2 reduction.

Most measures are still in the early stages of development but some estimates predict up to 25% reduction as part of a long-term concerted programme.

Russell Shields of Ygomi LLC then talked about the role of vehicle communications in CO2 reduction specifically in electric vehicles (EVs). He explained how vehicle communications could be key to customer acceptance of EVs by providing data to help with range determination remote battery and range monitoring charging station location battery swap station location economical charge management and more. He went on to describe how communications can help drive greater fuel efficiency in all vehicles by offering the opportunity to base fuel usage/emissions regulations on real-world data rather than laboratory tests.

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Original Publication Date: Tue 27 Jul 2010