How to strategically position European SMEs as part of an electric vehicle technology value chain

Fatih Mehmet Özel, Huw C. Davies, Christian Simon Ernst, Paul Nieuwenhuis

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European policy aims for a clean transport sector for improving the competitiveness of the automotive industry. By supporting small and medium enterprise (SME) development, European Union (EU) can achieve both economic growth and emission reduction targets. It is expected that there will be changes in the established relationships within the automotive supply chain in moving from internal combustion engine (ICE) to electric vehicles (EVs), and SMEs that are more capable of developing those technologies might have a role in the possible EV based automotive value chain re-shaping. The "European Network on Electric Vehicles and Transferring Expertise" (ENEVATE) partnership conducted a series of interviews with SMEs throughout North-West Europe to investigate support areas that SMEs need to have to play a role in this possible EV based automotive value chain re-shaping. It was found that SMEs needed more support for protecting technology, establishing relationships and funding investments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-254
Number of pages28
JournalInternational Journal of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014



  • Electric vehicle sector in Europe
  • European financial instruments and SMEs
  • Future automotive supply chain
  • SME support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Automotive Engineering

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