Giving collaborative research and innovation a strong impetus

Together with 24 other EU industry and research associations, the European Council for Automotive R&D (EUCAR) has signed a joint declaration entitled ‘Boosting Europe’s Future Competitiveness as Key Priority for FP9’. In order to fulfil European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s wish to make Europe’s “industry stronger and more competitive” and help it “stay or become the world leader in innovation”, the EU’s Framework Programme 9 (FP) should prioritise supporting industrial competitiveness from the start. This requires an ambitious strategy, taking full advantage of current research successes, understanding emerging risks and opportunities, considering...
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EUCAR calls for ambitious European Framework Programme (FP9)

The European Commission’s framework programmes have been important to Europe at large and industry in particular. They enable a stable research and innovation ecosystem, allowing for different actors to meet, analyse the state of affairs, identify research needs and co-finance joint research and innovation (R&I) projects. EUCAR calls for an ambitious framework programme, prioritizing research and innovation missions for the benefit of society while incorporating and improving on existing successful mechanisms. Please read the EUCAR perspective on the upcoming European Framework...
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Project in Focus: ECOCHAMPS

The ECOCHAMPS project (European competitiveness in commercial hybrid and automotive powertrains) overall objective is to achieve efficient, compact, low weight, robust and cost-effective hybrid powertrains for both passenger cars and commercial vehicles (buses, medium duty and heavy-duty trucks) with increased functionality, improved performance, comfort, functional safety and emission levels below Euro 6. Since June 2015 the ECOCHAMPS project successfully developed improved hybrid powertrains for a Class B Demonstrator (Fiat 500X), Class C Demonstrator (Renault Megane), Medium Duty Commercial Demonstrator (IVECO Daily), City Bus Demonstrator (MAN), and a Heavy Tractor Demonstrator...
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