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Adaptcontrol Report Summary

Project ID: 666423

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - Adaptcontrol (A modular and compact controller design for light electric vehicles)

Reporting period: 2015-04-01 to 2016-03-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

Electro-mobility is one of the keys to achieve European objectives to reduce emissions and to halve the number of conventionally-fuelled vehicles by 2030. Having identified the huge opportunities within the Electric Vehicles market, our company Bultaco Motors has revealed two all-electric motorcycle prototypes in May 2014 that will point the way forward in the electric motorcycle market. Supported by our excellent team, we have developed the whole power-train in-house. In the project Adaptcontrol, Bultaco Motors will go a step further and re-engineer an industrial solution of the currently used controller within the power-train with a solid performance at a competitive cost as well as validate the controller in fully operational environment and working conditions. Adaptcontrol aims at developing an enhanced version of the currently existing controller with a focus on: Volume reduction (-20% compared to the currently existing controller), weight reduction (- 13%), reduction in production cost (- 50%), and the development of a modular and adaptive design.

These improvements will lead to system advantages compared with current solutions that will ensure Bultaco Motors a considerable market share and leadership not only in the electric motorbike market but also in the growing European and worldwide market for electric vehicle controllers specific for light traction applications that has shown a steady growth rate in 2012 of 11%. Adaptcontrol aims to position Bultaco Motors as a reference world-wide supplier for smart vehicle control systems with overall energy management and recovery capabilities. The power control unit modularity, dimensions and operation configurations will allow any OEM engineer to adapt it to a wide range of electric vehicle types such as the formerly mentioned ones. In such applications, where reduction of weight and volume is so important, having a unique unit for the entire vehicle control makes integration easier and more space effective.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

Intensive technical work (WP1, WP2 and WP3) as well as dissemination and exploitation activities (WP8) have been performed by BULTACO during this first period of the project. The result of this work is that at the end of the first period of the project the manufacturing process of the first prototype controller, introducing all the improvements developed along the project has already started and in the coming months will be ready for testing. During the second period we will focus our efforts in testing and optimization towards the final prototype. Work will also be intensified in the second period in dissemination and exploitation actions.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

BULTACO MOTORS will go a step further and re-engineer an industrial solution of the currently used controller within the power-train with a solid performance at a competitive cost as well as validate the controller in fully operational environment and working conditions. ADAPCONTROL aims at developing an enhanced version of the currently existing controller with a focus on: Volume reduction (-20% compared to the currently existing controller), weight reduction (- 13%), reduction in production cost (- 50%), and the development of a modular and adaptive design.

These improvements will lead to system advantages compared with current solutions that will ensure BULTACO MOTORS a considerable market share and leadership not only in the electric motorbike market but also in the growing European and worldwide market for electric vehicle controllers specific for light traction applications that has shown a steady growth rate in 2012 of 11%. ADAPCONTROL aims to position BULTACO MOTORS as a reference world-wide supplier for smart vehicle control systems with overall energy management and recovery capabilities. The power control unit modularity, dimensions and operation configurations will allow any OEM engineer to adapt it to a wide range of electric vehicle types such as the formerly mentioned ones. In such applications, where reduction of weight and volume is so important, having a unique unit for the entire vehicle control makes integration easier and more space effective.

We consider the planned objectives of the project are not only relevant for the market but also their impact will be high in the market sector where the company is active. We consider we have good chances to have a very successful product at the end of the project.

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