ARTC and UTAC sign electric vehicle cooperation MOU in France.
Taipei, April 13, 2012 (CENS)--Taiwan's Automotive Research & Testing Center (ARTC), the transportation-vehicle R&D specialist in Taiwan, recently signed a cooperation memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Union Technique de I'Automobile du motorcycle et du Cycle, or UTAC, of France, aiming to further strengthen bilateral exchanges in electric-vehicle (EV) and new R&D developments.
The MOU was signed in Paris during the stay of a Taiwanese delegation organized by the Industrial Development Bureau (IDB) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
ARTC and UTAC sparked cooperation potential in mide-2011 during their first meeting in an EV-industry forum. In late 2011, ARTC invited several UTAC officials to speak at an EV forum in Taiwan to share experiences and know-how in EV-related fields.
Signed by ARTC president Joy Huang and UTAC president Laurent Benoi, the agreement will initially have ARTC and UTAC work on EV certification techniques and standards, as well as set up an intelligent-EV exchange platform for the two nations.
Huang pointed out that in 2012, the two organizations will work on electro-magnetic compatibility (EMC)-related fields by setting up certification techniques, which will help to upgrade the EMC and quality of Taiwan-made EVs for easier sales globally.
Speaking at an industry cooperation meeting in France, Huang concluded by offering three suggestions, including further strengthening business cooperation in the EV industry, sharing more experiences from EV pilot projects, and enhancing cooperation in EV-related standards and certification techniques.
The Taiwanese delegation consisted of representatives of more than 10 Taiwanese companies who also visited different French firms to find possible partnerships, including Renault, Valeo, Faurecia, Bollorre and Venturi, as well as gained deeper understanding of two EV pilot projects in France, including the Autolib and Autobelue.