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)