Europe launches €10bn Future Mobility Taskforce

Europe launches €10bn Future Mobility Taskforce

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By Nick Flaherty

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The European Commission has launched taskforce to look at the next generation of mobility technologies, from electric eVTOL aircraft and delivery drones to EV fast charging infrastructure and maglev rail.

The EU Future Mobility Taskforce aims to address key challenges faced by innovators in the mobility sector, with Aura Aero, Bolt, Cabify, Carto, Dronamics, EVBOX, EV Connect, Fastned, Flix, Lilium, MaasGlobal, Nevomo, Otiv, Volocopter, Voi, Virta.

“Today marked the launch of the EU Future Mobility Taskforce, where 16 CEOs and Founders from Europe’s top private mobility unicorns and startups joined forces,” said Commissioner for Transport, Adina Vălean. “In a dynamic meeting, we delved into the needs of our transport innovators and explored ground-breaking initiatives like Drone Strategy 2.0 and future Hyperloop regulatory frameworks. The European Union is boosting financial support for transportation innovators and startups through Horizon Europe cluster 5 and EIT Urban Mobility. The European Innovation Council, with a €10bn budget, is calling on transport entrepreneurs to apply.”

The mobility taskforce are initiated by Estonian ride share company Bolt and Cabify and covers EU mobility unicorns across cargo, air mobility, shared mobility, EV charging, maglev and rail.

“As Europe’s cargo drone airline, we are delighted to be part of the EU Future Mobility Taskforce, working with fellow mobility innovators and unicorns. Middle-mile deliveries by cargo drones have a significant potential for the European as well as the global economy at large, enabling faster, cheaper and green goods mobility, key to advancing the European Commission’s Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy,” says Svilen Rangelov, Co-Founder and CEO of cargo drone developer and operator Dronamics.

As well as meeting with the mobility taskforce, German eVTOL developer Lilium yesterday also signed a deal with European airport operator Fraport to explore required planning and approval steps for state-of-the-art infrastructure for the implementation of commercial eVTOL operations at airports. Fraport is active at 30 international airports across four continents. 

The partnership will start by preparing Germany for the introduction of regional electric air mobility ‘vertiports’ alongside Lilium’s existing partnerships at airports across Germany including the airports of Stuttgart, Munich, Nuremberg, Cologne-Bonn and Düsseldorf.  

“With Fraport, we have partnered with one of the most renowned international airport operators in the world. Through this partnership, we expect to be able to analyze the conditions for regional aviation with electrically powered and quiet jets. Our goal is to jointly advance regulatory and practical steps for suitable framework conditions for electric aviation and our potential customers in Germany and Europe,” said Lilium CEO Klaus Roewe.;


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