Author Archive: EUCAR

EUCAR calls for ambitious European Framework Programme (FP9)

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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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Collaborative and dynamic future for EU automotive research

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Press Release On 15 November, 240 key stakeholders in automotive research and innovation met in Brussels for EUCAR’s annual conference. Innovation is key to delivering the benefits of cleaner, safer and smarter mobility for society, in the past and even more in the future. The automotive industry is Europe’s biggest private investor in research and innovation; spending more than €50 billion on R&D each year and employing more than 12 million people all over Europe. The ‘Innovating Mobility: Pushing the boundaries of automotive R&D’ conference was opened by Stefan Deix, EUCAR Director. Deix underlined that the auto industry faces many challenges, but quoted Peter...
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EUCAR Project Book 2018 launched

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The European Council for Automotive Research & Development (EUCAR) has published the 2018 edition of the project book. The EUCAR project book contains an overview of all the current research and innovation projects in our priority fields for ‘Safe and integrated mobility’, ‘Sustainable propulsion’, ‘Affordability and competitiveness’ and ‘Commercial vehicles’. All of our projects are the result of combining forces in order to devise strategies and find solutions. Furthermore, involving all relevant stakeholders is crucial to delivering the positive impacts upon which we all depend for our continued economic and social prosperity. Likewise, gathering the critical...
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Project in Focus: L3Pilot

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Europe's automotive industry has joined forces with suppliers, universities and research institutes to test and evaluate automated vehicle technologies in real traffic conditions. L3Pilot (Piloting Automated Driving on European Roads) is the EU flagship project testing the viability of Automated Driving for a safe and efficient transport. 13 OEMs participate in currently the biggest project for large-scale pilots for SAE Level 3 functions. The 100 test vehicles are exposed to variable conditions in 11 European countries with 1,000 test drivers all over Europe. The tested functions cover a wide range from parking to overtaking, urban intersection driving and cross-border testing. The...
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Project in Focus: ECOCHAMPS

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The competitiveness of European road vehicle manufacturers and component suppliers is based on technological leadership, particularly on system optimisation and affordability. The challenge taken up by EUCAR members (DAF, Daimler, FIAT/CRF, IVECO, MAN and Renault) in the ECOCHAMPS (European COmpetitiveness in Commercial Hybrid and AutoMotive PowertrainS) project, 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 or VI. EUCAR members will deliver...
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Project in Focus: eCAIMAN

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In the project eCAIMAN (Electrolyte, Cathode and Anode Improvements for Market-near Next-generation Lithium Ion Batteries), we bring European expertise together to develop an automotive Li-Ion battery cell that can be produced in Europe. EUCAR members, together with highly skilled partners, will develop a more powerful battery by modifying and improving individual components and technologies to result in a significant overall improvement of the cell. eCAIMAN scale-up is designed with existing European production technologies and inexpensive materials mined in Europe, thereby reducing the final battery price. The battery will be developed to be integrated into light, medium and heavy-duty...
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