This chapter discusses some major results from the European Union (EU)- funded Innovative Transport SME Support Action project (INTRASME). Incremental improvements to currently dominant vehicle propulsion technologies are unlikely to reduce carbon emissions sufficiently to meet EU targets over the medium term. The development of the market for electric vehicles (EVs) and associated technologies opens up opportunities for new actors to enter the market. SMEs currently employ 55% of the EU workforce in transport, and their important role in the value chain expands. The chapter concentrates on a particular field of innovation namely, land EVs and views the innovation landscape through the specific lens of SMEs. The focus is on the effectiveness of EU R&D programmes as a means of promoting innovative SME participation in the emerging EV industry. INTRASME considered representative R&D projects from a range of EC programmes which have different characteristics relevant to SME participation.
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- electric vehicles
- European Union
- Innovative Transport SME Support Action project
- transport market
- vehicle propulsion technology