Project in Focus: UPSCALE

UPSCALE is a European project aiming to integrate Artificial Intelligence (AI) with traditional physics-based Computer-Aided Engineering to drastically reduce the development time and increase electric vehicles’ (EVs) performance. IDIADA leads this project with the involvement of Stellantis, Volkswagen Group and Volvo Cars Corporation as industrial end-users.

High-Performance Computing (HPC) and Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) are key elements in the design and development of vehicles. They are used to simulate, for example, vehicle crash performance, aerodynamic behaviour, or thermal characteristics. These vehicle simulations are very complex and time-consuming. The objective of UPSCALE is to reduce development time by 20% and increase the overall performance. The research partners introduce AI-based methodologies to accelerate the overall vehicle design and development processes. UPSCALE improve simulation accuracy and performance, reducing development time and costs of future electric vehicles.

The project is finishing in April 2022 and the consortium is preparing the final event to showcase the results from aerodynamics and battery simulations. You can find more information on the project website:

This project is co-funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824306.

Project facts:

Start: Duration: Budget: Public funding: Website:
January 2019 36 months €4 million €4 million
Partners: Coordinator: Applus IDIADA
EUCAR members: Stellantis, Volkswagen and Volvo Cars
Partners: ESI, Engys, Virtual Vehicle, VUB, Algorithmica, ARTS et METIERS. F. Iniciativas