New study: The electric vehicle value chain in Catalonia

  • The study addresses the current transformation of the automotive sector in Catalonia due to the impact that new mobility trends are generating.
  • EIT Urban Mobility is one of the different social and economic agents representing the sector that has collaborated in the study, along with many other companies and institutions in the Catalan territory, covering the entire value chain.
  • The study, published by the Catalan Government, was presented at an event hosted by Mr Oriol Alcoba, general director of the Catalan Ministry of Industry.

Barcelona, 11 March 2024 — The purpose of the study The value chain of the electric vehicle in Catalonia is to address the transformation that the automotive sector is currently undergoing at a global level due to the impact that new mobility is generating, with the entry of connectivity and the electrification of vehicles. These changes significantly affect the entire value chain of the sector.

Understanding that the electric vehicle is a reality and one of the mobility models of the future, within the framework of this study, a strategic analysis of the current value chain of the automotive sector is carried out, as well as a comparison with what is currently happening in Catalonia.

Based on the detailed description of the current value chain of the automotive sector and the new ecosystem that electrification represents, a gap analysis of the sector’s situation in Catalonia with respect to a complete electric vehicle value chain in the territory within ten years is prepared. In this process, a mapping of Catalan companies in the sector and their positioning in the electric vehicle value chains is also proposed, as well as the detection of benchmark companies for each vehicle component at the international level.

Positioning the companies locally and internationally towards the new electric vehicle value chain, distinguishing the singularities represented by each primary market, such as Asia, North America, and Europe, allows an analysis of the technological capabilities of this value chain in Catalonia to be carried out.

The study on the value chain of the connected and autonomous vehicle (VCiA) in Catalonia establishes that one of the main challenges is to adapt the regulatory framework to future driving needs. The report calls for strengthening the established driving companies in Catalonia and generating opportunities to create and implement new ones.

In this sense, it states that “a solid industrial sector focused on the critical technologies incorporated into the VCiA must be articulated to stimulate and retain in Catalonia the production of the largest possible number of connectivity and autonomy components”.

Download the study (Catalan version)

The Generalitat of Catalonia and EIT Urban Mobility forge collaboration to drive sustainable urban mobility solutions

  • The Generalitat of Catalonia expressed their interest in collaborating with EIT Urban Mobility in a meeting between EIT Urban Mobility’s CEO, Maria Tsavachidis and the Catalan Minister for Foreign Action and European Union, Ms Meritxell Serret Aleu.
  • Catalonia’s minister for business and labour, Mr Roger Torrent, emphasised the importance of collaboration among both entities in a recent interview to MOVEMNT
  • Mr Oriol Martorí, General Director of Transport and Mobility of the Generalitat of Catalonia explained to us also how the region is implementing their mobility plans and the importance of collaborating with European entities.

Barcelona, July 2022 – Promoting and implementing sustainable urban mobility is a key issue for the government of Catalonia, as evidenced by the initiatives and policies they have initiated. The government has recognised the importance of sustainable mobility to address economic, social, and environmental issues in the transport policy at the urban scale, using long-term strategic planning, aiming to establish more sustainable mobility patterns within the region to improve city life while preventing the congestion and environmental problems that plague many urban areas.

With this objective, the Generalitat of Catalonia collaborates with local and European entities to promote and transform urban mobility. A collaboration that helps the Catalan government stay updated on the latest trends, policies, and technological advancements in urban mobility. Through these policies and initiatives, the government aims to provide reliable, accessible, and environmentally friendly public transport options for residents and visitors in Catalonia.

Watch here the interview to Oriol Martori, Generalitat de Catalonia tells us about the urban mobility plans for the region:

As a European leader in the topic, EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, and the Generalitat of Catalonia have initiated a series of conversations to establish a collaboration to strengthen our collaboration with our common goal to fight against climate change and implement more sustainable mobility. From one side, EIT Urban Mobility facilitates access to expertise, resources, knowledge, and networking, all the necessary ingredients for creating a successful receipt. EIT Urban Mobility ecosystem brings together stakeholders, including industry experts, research institutions, and governmental bodies. This community of experts will provide the Catalan government with access to a wealth of expertise and resources in urban mobility that includes research findings, best practices, innovative technologies, and funding opportunities, as well as participation in workshops, conferences, and working groups where they can exchange ideas, experiences, and lessons learned with other stakeholders from different regions and backgrounds. An agreement that will enhance the government’s capacity to develop and implement sustainable mobility solutions and stay updated on the latest trends, innovations, and policies in sustainable urban mobility, fostering a more informed and evidence-based approach to decision-making.

In addition, EIT Urban Mobility also provides the opportunity to participate in piloting and demonstration projects, allowing to test and validate new sustainable mobility solutions in real-world settings.

EIT Urban Mobility’s CEO, Maria Tsavachidis and the Catalan Minister for Foreign Action and European Union, Ms Meritxell Serret Aleu.

By collaborating with the Generalitat, EIT Urban Mobility can tap into this expertise and gain a deeper understanding of the local context, including regulatory frameworks, infrastructure constraints, and cultural factors. This understanding can inform the development of tailored and context-specific solutions, enhancing the effectiveness of EIT Urban Mobility’s initiatives in the region. The collaboration with the Generalitat allows EIT Urban Mobility to have a voice in the regional policy-making process. By working closely with the government, EIT Urban Mobility can contribute to developing sustainable urban mobility policies and strategies at the regional level, advocating for supportive policies and regulations that enable innovative urban mobility solutions to be adopted and scaled up. Through this partnership, EIT Urban Mobility can influence the policy landscape in Catalonia, promoting sustainable mobility practices and supporting the region’s transition towards more efficient and environmentally friendly urban transportation systems.
The collaboration among both entities will allow the government and EIT Urban Mobility to align its sustainable urban mobility policies with broader European initiatives and frameworks.

Read HERE the interview with Mr Roger Torrent, Catalonia’s minister for business and labour