Project in Focus: THOMSON

The THOMSON project addresses the transition towards high efficient, cleaner and affordable electrified powertrains focusing, in particular, on the 48V architectures. These will allow hybrid vehicles to increase fuel economy and reduce environmental impact and to support a quick penetration on the market. This project is coordinated by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, in close cooperation with Ford of Europe, both EUCAR members are committed to developing and providing sustainable powertrain technologies that contribute to an enhanced quality of life of the EU citizens.

THOMSON will demonstrate how the right combination of advanced engine downsizing/turbocharging technologies, coupled with a 48V motor-generator system, can provide the most cost effective solution for a rapid electrification through conventional vehicles. THOMSON project aims to integrate all these technologies into two first-in-kind demonstrator vehicles, in parallel to the technologies development, the simplification of the overall system, the project is also working to optimise systems integration costs and developing competitive solutions for a quick time-to-market.

THOMSON has just started its final year, in which the solutions achieved will be integrated in demonstration vehicles. Some of the technological solutions developed were exhibited at EUCAR’s Reception and Conference, raising awareness on  the hybridisation of future powertrains to ensure affordable solutions while decreasing simultaneously the emission of CO2 and noxious compounds (including nanoparticles emissions) under Real Driving conditions.

Supporting our members, the project consortium includes 10 partners including universities, research centres and automotive suppliers.

This project is co-funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 724037.

For further information on the project results, please visit the project website.

Project Facts

Start: Duration: Budget: Public funding: Website:
October 2016 36 months €11.7 million €9.1 million
Partners: Coordinator: Centro Ricerche FIAT
EUCAR members: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford of Europe.
Partners: 10 project partners including relevant research organisations and automotive suppliers.