Author Archive: EUCAR
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....