The seminar “Technological Innovation for the Development of the Electric Vehicle” has been held at the Engineering and Architecture School of Zaragoza.
Organized by Cathedra Zaragoza Center, the Cluster of the Aragonese Automotive Industry (CAAR) and the University of Zaragoza, the event has gathered the main representatives of the technology centers and businesses within the automotive industry. The mayor goal is to build new ways of cooperation between the technical institutes and the companies, with the intention of creating valuable projects related to the electric vehicle.
This celebration constitutes a unique chance for sharing the results of the latest projects and newest studies. Juan Ignacio Garcés, director of the Aragonese Institute of Investigation in Engineering, has assured that “is essential to be aware of what everybody else is doing. If we (the research centres) do not know what the industry is doing, it is hard to complement their ideas with ours.” Same result when the industry does not know the capacity of the technical institutes. Synergies are indispensable to impulse efficient and profitable projects.
David Romeral, managing director of the Cluster of the Aragonese Automotive Industry (CAAR), agreed with Garcés on the need to build bridges that allow all those paddling in the same direction to work together; in this case, towards designing new components to improve the different models of electric vehicles. Romeral advocates for a cautious and progressive transition to generalize the presence of electric vehicles in the streets. The environmental cost of the classical vehicle is way higher than the generated by its electric homologue, both during the production process and lifespan. However, nowadays, the market price of an electric vehicle is usually higher than the cost of a car with a gasoline engine.
For the general implementation of the electric automobiles, cities should experiment a transformation to adequate their infrastructures to the needs of the new model of transportation. “The electric vehicle will require an important metamorphosis of our surroundings. Right now, our cities are not ready for the installation of charging points. Towns are not built according to the technology that is coming”, claimed José Ángel Castellanos, director of the Engineering and Architecture School of Zaragoza.
The seminar has presented the general picture of the industry, with the immediate challenges brought by the electric vehicle. In Aragon, the research centres, technical institutes and businesses of the automotive industry will walk towards a more sustainable alternative, a silhouette that can already be sighted in the horizon.