On 28 September 2021, the AEROFLEX project held its final event at the ZF Test Track in Jeversen, Germany. With this event, the project consortium concluded their work over more than three years, developing and successfully demonstrating new technologies, concepts, and architectures for future heavy good vehicles (HGV).
In AEROFLEX, the partners optimised aerodynamics, powertrains and safety systems to reduce the carbon footprint while improving road transport efficiency and safety. Flexible and adaptable loading units, using connectivity, will further increase the overall logistic efficiency. The consortium members showed all innovations and project results from AEROFLEX with...
On 23 September 2021, the ENSEMBLE project held its public demonstration event to show that multi-brand platooning is a reality in Europe. EUCAR supports ENSEMBLE as it is the EUCAR flagship project in automation for commercial vehicles.
The ENSEMBLE project is paving the way for the adoption of multi-brand truck platooning in Europe. Truck platooning links two or more trucks in convoy using connectivity, while multi-brand platooning connects vehicles from different manufacturers. This improves energy efficiency, reduces CO2 emissions while increasing traffic efficiency and safety.
At the event, all involved heavy-duty vehicles manufacturers connected seven trucks to build a platoon....
On 22 September 2021, the ORCA project held its final event. The core team presented the project results and gave insight into the technical innovations built into the multimodal bus and distribution truck prototypes developed. EUCAR supported this event. Luis de Prada presented the EUCAR vision, mission and perspectives on future sustainable propulsion and commercial vehicles.
The ORCA project focuses on advancing the efficiency of plug-in hybrid electric Commercial Vehicles. Representatives of the automotive value chain (OEMs, suppliers, and research organisations) joined forces to develop improved propulsion systems for multimodal buses and distribution trucks. These vehicle’s...
High performant electric batteries are essential to de-carbonise society. The success of electric mobility depends on innovations: improving fast charging, increasing performance and vehicle range, reducing the overall cost of the batteries while ensuring the sustainability of materials and production are key research areas. EUCAR members together with research organisations and the battery value chain industry advance lithium-ion battery technologies for propulsion in two Horizon 2020 projects:
3BELIEVE will develop and demonstrate the next generation of high-energy battery cells (generation 3b) for automotive applications. These battery cells include sensors while the full battery...
Europe’s automotive industry has joined forces with suppliers, research institutes, and road authorities in the ICT4CART (Infrastructure for Connected and Automated Road Transport) project to provide the ICT infrastructure to enable the transition towards road transport automation.
The project combines and advances the state of the art technologies from telecommunication, automotive and IT industries enabling seamless integration of vehicles with infrastructure and services. The overall ICT4CART system considers cyber-security and data privacy aspects while adopting a hybrid communication approach by combining cellular and digital short-range communications (e.g. ITS G5, LTE-V)...
The LONGRUN project develops efficient and environmentally friendly long-distance powertrains for heavy-duty trucks and coaches. This confirms the commitment of the automotive industry to decrease CO2 emissions in road transport. The project brings together 30 partners, including three EUCAR members (DAF Trucks, FPT-IVECO, and Volvo Group), from 13 countries across Europe, who are joining forces to achieve a more sustainable future.
In its first year, the project has achieved two important milestones:
The range of tests to be performed has been defined to assess the achievement of LONGRUN expected impacts. This includes as well the main KPI’s and targets to be fulfilled during the...