Portugal - Research

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The main research focus in Portugal has been on the development of an intelligent and integrated infrastructure to support the deployment and evolution of the MOBI.E network. This is the result of significant investments in research and development (R&D) and engineering by Portuguese companies and R&D organizations from the automotive, electric and electronics systems, ICT, and energy sectors.

One other very important research-fostering initiative has been the launch of the Sustainable Energy Systems & Electric Mobility Research Platform and Network (E2 Research Net) which integrates research teams across the entire Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)–Portugal educational and research joint venture with goals for new research and advanced training in systems of electric mobility and renewable sources. Entities involved include the University of Minho, Faculty of Engineering at the University of Porto, Instituto Superior Técnico, MIT-Portugal, EFACEC, CEIIA, Simoldes, INTELI, Novabase, and others.

Portugal has many other research projects underway, as seen in the table below.

Project Name

Short Description / Objectives

Main Entities Involved

MOBI.E Pilot Project

Research project for the full development of a large-scale national demonstrator of the MOBI.E project described in the text.

INTELI, EFACEC, Critical Software, Novabase, CEIIA


To create ICT-based solutions to support electric mobility, in particular mobile-based applications with navigation systems for support



Development of a management and control concept that will facilitate the actual transition to electric vehicles; adoption of an evaluation suite of tools based on methods and programs enhanced to model, analyze, and optimize electric networks where EV and their charging infrastructures are going to be integrated

INESC-Porto, among other international partners

Green Islands Azores Project

MIT-Portugal flagship research project developing new energy planning tools to assist the local government and people in identifying strategies to meet their energy needs with indigenous energy resources, namely through smart energy networks; smart end uses; renewables resource dynamics; and sustainable mobility applications.

MIT-Portugal community


Flagship project within the competitiveness pole for the mobility industries, which aims to fully engineer and design a light electric vehicle that embodies the green car revolution

CEIIA, VN Automóveis


Flagship project within the competitiveness pole for ICT, which aims to explore new solutions for urban transport through the use of ICT in an ecological and energy efficient perspective

ICT Competitiveness pole companies


To conceive and develop a complete solution (infrastructure + charging point + bike) integrated within the MOBI.E system. Further integration with the urban transport management so as to increase capillarity. To identify and develop new opportunities for the national industry in terms of engineering design, materials and structures and urban mobility services

CEIIA, Abimota