Now that the “2004 European ELE-DRIVE TRANSPORTATION
Conference & Exhibition on Urban Sustainable Mobility
is Possible Now! Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles”
is over, we should like to thank you for your contribution
to the success of this initiative.
This European event, organised jointly by APVE - Associação
Portuguesa do Veículo Eléctrico (Portuguese
Electric Vehicles Association), the Direcção
Geral de Transportes Terrestres (Directorate-General for Inland
Transportation), the Câmara Municipal de Cascais (City
Hall of Cascais) and AVERE – Associação
Europeia do Veículo Eléctrico a Baterias, Híbridos
e com Pilhas de Combustível (European Electric, Battery,
Hybrid and Fuel Cell Vehicles Association), preceded by a
National Conference, was attended by more than 124 specialists
from 18 European countries, Brazil, United States of America
and by 125 Portuguese specialists, representatives from the
central administration, municipalities, higher education institutes,
research and development institutions and several companies.
21 journalists, from TV, radio and from the press, followed
the event. Jaques Saint-Marc from the French government and
Carlos Pimenta were the Special Guest Speakers at the National
Conference, guided by professor José Quadrado (APVE/ISEL).
Eight round tables, chaired by either mayors or deputy-mayors,
were organized during the national conference. The “Keynote
Speakers” of the European Conference were: Eric Britton
(Paris), Mikel Murga (Bilbao/MIT) and James Rosenstein (Toyota
Motor Europe), together with a dozen participants of the Final
Round Table, among which were the Mayor of Coimbra and the
Deputy Mayor of Reggio Emília, Italy. The Minister
of Science and Higher Education closed the conference with
a Portuguese wine and cheese tasting.
Besides these specialists, the numerous public that came
to Estoril had at its disposal 66 electric, battery, hybrid
and fuel cell vehicles, presented by 17 entities and companies
present at the exhibition, during the test and drive sessions
and in the two electric vehicle parades held along the coastal
road between Estoril e Cascais.
For these reasons and because of the lively socializing between
the participants and of the opportunity this event provided
for a direct contact with the know-how in this field, we believe
that the 2004EET exceeded all expectations, both as far as
its technical component or the promotion of the concept of
sustainable mobility and of the electric vehicle is concerned,
as well as the demonstration that Portugal is a partner that
deserves being taken in consideration in this field.
We avail of the opportunity to announce the 21st edition
of the EVS, “Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Electric
Vehicles Symposium and Exhibition”, the greatest event
in the world in the field of electric vehicles, which will
take place in Monaco, between the 2nd and the 6th of April
2005 and also to announce that there are already candidates,
namely Bordeaux, for the organization of the second edition
of the “European ELE-DRIVE TRANSPORTATION Conference
& Exhibition” in 2006.
Finally, we should like to emphasize that the success of
the “2004EET” is owed, entirely, to all of those
who participated and contributed to the event.
Their presence and participation was irreplaceable to us
and we also hope that it met your expectations.
We hope that this further stage in the life of APVE, having
in view to promote the concept of the electric vehicle and
its integrated use in a sustainable and coherent transport
and mobility policy in Portugal, may provide the materialization
of new projects that allow for the cooperation of your organization.
Thanking you for your attention, we remain,
Jorge esteves and robert stüssi
“Chairmen” of “2004 EET”