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 (DAF XF). The innovations developed during the project, and applied to the previous vehicles allow achieving an improved powertrain efficiency by up to 20%, while decreasing the powertrain weight and volume by up to 20%, and reducing the hybrid vehicles costs.

By achieving these targets, ECOCHAMPS will help establishing a leading position in hybrid technology and increase the competitiveness of European road vehicle manufacturers. Equally importantly, the technology will have a strong impact on the reduction of CO2 for road transport and will help reaching better air quality.

ECOCHAMPS will hold its Final Event on 12 and 13 April  in The Netherlands. For further information please visit the ECOCHAMPS website.

Project facts:


Start: Duration: Budget: Public funding: Website:
June 2015 36 months €28.4 million €21.1 million
Partners: Coordinator: DAF Trucks
Partners: Bosch, Magna, GKN, Gardner Denver, Johnson Matthey, Samsung, ETL, AVL, FEV, Ricardo, Tecnalia, Uniresearch, FhG-IVI, ika, Virtual Vehicle, Queen Mary Uv, TU Eindhoven.