TAIPEI, TAIWAN--(Marketwire - Apr 14, 2011) - In order to build up links to the international electric vehicle industry, Taiwan Automotive Research Consortium (TARC) holds the 2-day "2011 Taiwan Automotive International Forum & Exhibition (2011 TAIFE)" in Taipei starting April 14 in cooperation with Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and the "Taiwan International Electric Vehicle Show."

Participants of the forum include distinguished guests and industrial experts from France EV government promotion agencies, international auto industries, Taiwan's Transportation Vehicle Manufacturers' Associations (TTVMA), Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association (TEEMA), Taiwan Battery associations, local auto and electronics suppliers.

The participants of the event come to consensus that the development of intelligent electric vehicle is an inevitable global trend, and that Taiwan's manufacturers are expected to share a critical role in the world's electric vehicle supply chain with Taiwan's superior R&D capabilities in information, communication, software, key parts and components with global partners presented at this forum.

Vice Minister of Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) Dr. Huang Jung-chiou, stated that MOEA is promoting the "Intelligent Electric vehicle Strategic Development and Action Plan," which aims at electric vehicle pilot operation, building up charging system, mapping out incentives for customers to use electric vehicle, and promoting standardization of charging infrastructure. Dr. Huang said the purpose of the plan is to make Taiwan an ideal development environment and market for global smart electric vehicle. Dr. Huang emphasized that Taiwan has already built up strong information and communication industries and extensive automobile industry supply chain, which not only enables Taiwan to possess important smart vehicle R&D technologies, but also the capability to manufacture critical parts and components. In other words, Taiwan has many advantages and the competitive edge for the development of electric vehicle, and would become a major supplier of smart electric vehicle in the world.

Dr. Chung Neng Lin, Deputy Director General of the Department of Industrial Technology, MOEA, pointed out that the ministry supports Taiwan's R&D institutions to set up intelligent electric vehicle industrial clusters and supply chain in cooperation with local manufacturers. MOEA has prompted local manufacturers to set a number of industrial alliances such as charging system, electric propulsion system, chassis, STOBA-inside battery, telematics, and advanced vehicle safety systems. With the ministry's active empowering of smart electric vehicle R&D and the policy to facilitate the formation of industrial alliances, Taiwan will become a center of world's smart electric vehicle and a critical link of the global supply chain.

James Wang, Secretary General of TARC, concurrently also the deputy general director of Mechanical & Systems Research Laboratories of ITRI, indicated that the 2011 TAIFE invited many participants from government sectors, industrial executives and experts from foreign countries. Representatives from Ford motor, Magna, Eaton, Better Place will attend the event. Local participants include representatives from Taiwan battery association, Delta Electronics, Vision Motomobile Electronics, Whetron Electronics, TECO Electric and Machinery, Ken Sean Factory Co. Ltd. The participants will share the latest developments and trends of smart electric vehicle technology and products

Jun-chong Lee, representative of Taiwan Transportation Vehicle Manufacturers Association (TTVMA), pointed out the vision of Taiwan's transportation vehicle industry is to develop intelligent electric cars in order to make Taiwan a "low carbon island." The first priorities of the industry is to integrate the R&D efforts of the government and private industry, foster an environment facilitating the development of smart electric cars, and jointly develop world market. The industry has been cooperating with international certification organizations such as UL and SAE so that Taiwan's intelligent electric vehicle will not only meet international safety and quality standards, but Taiwan can also participate in the formulation of international standards.

There is a TARC Pavilion in the "Taiwan International Electric Vehicle Show" in Taiwan World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 1 starting from April 14th through 17th unveiling various innovative products and technologies. These include the STOBA batteries developed by ITRI; electric battery charging systems; the LED lamps developed by Automotive Research and Testing Center; elastic electric vehicle chassis systems designed by Metal Industries Research and Development Center; and high power electric motors of Chung-shan Institute of Science and Technology, etc.

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