Author Archive: EUCAR

Project in Focus: ALLIANCE

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  Six of the European carmakers (Daimler, Volkswagen Group, Toyota Motor Europe, FCA-CRF, Volvo Group, Opel Group), supported by EUCAR, have joined forces to commonly address the high cost issue of innovations in vehicle lightweighting, having identified it as the major bottleneck towards their implementation in vehicle series and mass production. The ALLIANCE project (AffordabLe LIghtweight Automobiles AlliaNCE) aims to develop novel advanced materials (steel, aluminium, hybrid) and production technologies, aiming at an average 25 % weight reduction over 100k units/year, at costs of < 3 €/kg. Additionally, our members will develop a mass optimiser software tool and a...
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Joint declaration: EU leaders in R&D call for ambitious FP9

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Together with 23 other associations representing industrial research and innovation, the European Council for Automotive R&D (EUCAR) has signed a joint declaration calling for the development of an ambitious European Research & Innovation Framework Programme (FP9) in order to safeguard Europe's future industrial leadership. As EUCAR, we believe that FP9 should further build on the achievements of Horizon 2020, with the main aim to guarantee sustainable application and implementation of European research to strengthen the industries in Europe. Read the full declaration here: Download...
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Project in Focus: TRANSFORMERS

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In the TRANSFORMERS project (Configurable and Adaptable Trucks and Trailers for Optimal Transport Efficiency), EUCAR members developed a solution to achieve 25% energy efficiency per tonne kilometres in a real-world application. This was achieved by combining in a modular approach three concepts: Rightsizing by means of hybridization, truck engine downsizing and trailer design addressing aerodynamics and load efficiency improvements. Since September 2013 the TRANSFORMERS project successfully developed an innovative tractor-semitrailer and a truck-trailer. The solutions will enable up to 8 % energy saving per tonne kilometre in long haulage and up to 12 % for distribution traffic....
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Project in Focus: AdaptIVe

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AdaptIVe (Automated Driving Applications and Technologies for Intelligent Vehicles) develops, tests and evaluates automated driving applications for passenger cars and trucks in daily traffic. After three and a half years of European wide cooperation, partners will showcase automated driving functions in the eight built-up demonstrator vehicles during the project’s Final Event in Aachen, Germany, on June 28 and 29, 2017. The two days event will feature driving demonstrations in cars and one truck on public roads and in a simulated urban environment. The AdaptIVe functions will also be the focus of presentations during a dedicated conference answering questions regarding legal aspects,...
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CAD will enable European automobile industry to retain its competitive edge

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EUCAR Chairman participates in European Commission event on Connected and Automated Driving (CAD). Earlier this month, the European Commission hosted its first conference on Connected and Automated Driving (CAD) here in Brussels. EUCAR’s Chairman, Urban Wass, was a guest speaker at this high-level conference, alongside Clara de la Torre, Director at DG Research and Innovation (RTD), Transport Directorate at the European Commission. The event provided an excellent opportunity to gain an insight into pan-European activities in this area. For two days, EU leaders, CEOs and key road transport stakeholders discussed the role of research and innovation, the policy environment and how to...
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EUCAR welcomes new Research Programme Manager

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On Monday, 20 March 2017 Luis de Prada joined EUCAR taking up the new role as EUCAR Research Programme Manager. With his experience in automotive research, he will co-ordinate and facilitate the  EUCAR expert groups and task forces. Further, he will follow-up on the implementation of our strategy through excellent precompetitive collaborative research projects. We welcome Luis in the EUCAR team and wish him all the best for a good start in his new position. Short CV: Luis de Prada graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from Valladolid’s University, and as Industrial Engineer from Madrid’s University. Since January 2011 Luis de Prada was head of the International Cooperation department...
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