MORGES, Switzerland … Intelligent power management company Eaton today announced that it has become a member of the non-profit association EGVIAfor2Zero. This association will represent public and private stakeholders in the EU’s “Towards zero emission road transport” (2Zero) partnership, establishing new research and innovation programs that aim to systemically address the challenge of road transport decarbonization.

Part of Horizon Europe, the EU’s funding program for research and innovation, the 2Zero partnership will contribute to European Green Deal objectives and help the EU enable the world’s first climate-neutral road transport system by 2050. The partnership’s other core objectives include driving technology leadership to support economic growth and job security, enhancing long-term competitiveness, and improving the health and quality of life of citizens while ensuring mobility for people and goods.

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The 2Zero partnership will build on the success of the past European Green Cars and European Green Vehicles programs, which ran from 2008-13 and 2014-20 respectively. However, unlike past initiatives focusing on specific vehicles, the 2Zero partnership is taking a holistic approach that encompasses the entire road transport ecosystem. It is focusing on complete sector interconnection and interoperability across all types of vehicles, energy systems, charging infrastructure, and more—placing emphasis not just on research and innovation, but also on effective market deployment.

To support the 2Zero partnership, Eaton is joining a wide range of other members in the EGVIAfor2Zero non-profit association. Members represent the entire value chain of the European road transport ecosystem—including the automotive industry, public and private charging infrastructure companies, public authorities, research and technology organizations, universities, distribution or transmission system operators, and energy providers.

As a member of the 2Zero partnership, Eaton’s multi-decade track record in automotive, electrical, and fuel cell innovation will support the program’s four research pillars, which span:

  • Technologies and propulsion solutions for battery or fuel cell electric vehicles (EVs)
  •  Innovative concepts, solutions and services for zero emission mobility
  •  Integration of battery EVs into the energy system and charging infrastructure
  • Lifecycle and circular economy approaches for sustainable and innovative road mobility

Eaton will also actively participate in the EGVIAfor2Zero association’s General Assembly, supporting decision-making on key priorities and electing Delegates to the Partnership Board that will liaise with the European Commission.

“I’m thrilled we’re bringing our combined expertise in the automotive and electrical sectors to the 2Zero partnership,” comments Jörgen von Bodenhausen, senior manager, Government Programs, Eaton. “As a member, we’ll be able to help accelerate the zero emission transport revolution with other leading players from industry, academia, and government—developing the right overarching strategy that brings together all the innovative capabilities in this ecosystem to drive decarbonization and a more sustainable future.”

While the mobility of people and goods is vital to Europe’s economic growth and prosperity, transport is also responsible for nearly one quarter of the continent’s greenhouse gas emissions—with road transport accounting for approximately 72% of this total. With 243 million cars on Europe’s roads, concerns are also growing over traffic pollution and its impact on human health, particularly in urban areas. With the potential to reduce vehicle emissions as much as 90% by 2040, the energy transition in transport will dramatically improve air quality and help combat climate change.

"I’m delighted we’re joining the 2Zero partnership at such a revolutionary moment in transport,” adds Anne Lillywhite, vice president, Engineering, EMEA, Eaton. “We’re now at a tipping-point, as tighter emissions regulation, increasingly eco-conscious consumers, and advancing technology all combine to accelerate the energy transition on our roads. As a 2Zero member, we’ll be able to influence both the direction of crucial technology development and the equally important policy decisions in government—bringing new opportunities for our business and our customers. This is a fantastic chance for our engineers to help improve quality of life and the environment: working on new technologies with our customers and industrial partners that will contribute to a greener, healthier planet.”

An innovator in power management solutions, Eaton is dedicated to creating new technologies and services that improve quality of life and the environment for everyone. By leveraging local ecosystems of expertise, such as the 2Zero partnership, Eaton can magnify the impact of its multi-billion dollar investment in R&D—enabling more open innovation worldwide.

“We are very pleased to welcome Eaton to the EGVIAfor2Zero association today,” comments Lucie Beaumel, director, EGVIA. “After operating for more than 10 years, I’m delighted we’re still attracting new players to this exciting challenge. Welcoming stakeholders that function at a global level, such as Eaton, is particularly important for us because it ensures a largescale uptake of solutions that can accelerate the transition towards zero tailpipe emission road transport in Europe and beyond.”

Eaton’s mission is to improve the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. We provide sustainable solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic, and mechanical power – more safely, more efficiently, and more reliably. Eaton’s 2020 revenues were $17.9 billion, and we sell products to customers in more than 175 countries. We have approximately 92,000 employees.

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"As a 2Zero member, we’ll be able to help accelerate the zero emission transport revolution with other leading players from industry, academia, and government—developing the right overarching strategy that brings together all the innovative capabilities in this ecosystem to drive decarbonization and a more sustainable future."
Jörgen von Bodenhausen, senior manager, Government Programs

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"I’m delighted we’re joining the 2Zero partnership at such a revolutionary moment in transport. This is a fantastic chance for our engineers to help improve quality of life and the environment: working on new technologies with our customers and industrial partners that will contribute to a greener, healthier planet."
Anne Lillywhite, vice president, Engineering, EMEA