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Energy Efficient Vehicles for Road Transport

Objective

"Road transport is the second largest EU producer of CO2, one of the greenhouse gases responsible for climate change. While some improvements in efficiency of road vehicles have been achieved, continued growth in traffic and congestion mean that CO2 emissions from road transport have grown overall. At the same time rising fuel prices and supply instability also give pressure for increased efficiency. The EC has set targets for the average CO2 emissions of new vehicles to be 120 g/km by 2012, with further reductions needed to achieve a 40% reduction in CO2 from light passenger vehicles by 2020. The EE-VERT project will develop technologies that will play a key part in achieving these goals. Despite improvements in individual areas of the modern vehicle such as powertrain, a considerable amount of energy is wasted due to the lack of an overall on-board energy management strategy. Further electrification of auxiliary systems (the ""more electric vehicle"") promises energy and efficiency gains, but there is a need for a co-ordinated and predictive approach to the generation, distribution and use of energy. In the state-of-the-art, power is generated with little knowledge of the actual loads, and some systems (both electrical and mechanical) consume power continually regardless of demand. The introduction of systems such as alternator set-point control and EPAS are first steps towards optimising energy use but such systems operate in isolation. This project will develop strategies in conventional vehicles, also applicable to hybrids, for overall energy management (thermal and electrical) to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Also, the need for the strategies to guarantee power supply to safety-related systems will be considered. It is estimated that EE-VERT technologies can reduce CO2 emissions by around 10% for a car. For a large vehicle savings of around 40% of the CO2 that is created by an auxiliary system such as climate control is possible."

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2007-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

MIRA LTD
Address
Watling Street
CV10 0TU Nuneaton
United Kingdom
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 569 540
Administrative Contact
Robert Simpkin (Mr.)

Participants (8)

VOLVO TECHNOLOGY AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 428 764
Address
Gotaverksgatan 10
405 08 Goteborg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eilert Johansson (Mr.)
CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 653 400
Address
Strada Torino 50
10043 Orbassano
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Massimo Casali (Dr.)
ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 686 206
Address
Robert-bosch-platz 1
70839 Gerlingen-schillerhoehe
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sandra Unland (Ms.)
LEAR CORPORATION HOLDING SPAIN SL*
Spain
EU contribution
€ 428 077
Address
Carrer Fusters 54
43800 Valls - Tarragona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Antoni Ferré (Dr.)
ENGINEERING CENTER STEYR GMBH & CO KG
Austria
EU contribution
€ 126 818
Address
Steyrer Strasse 32
4300 St. Valentin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Leo Rollenitz (Mr.)
FH JOANNEUM GESELLSCHAFT MBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 574 460
Address
Alte Poststrasse 149
8020 Graz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Hubert Berger (Dr.)
UNIVERSITATEA POLITEHNICA TIMISOARA
Romania
EU contribution
€ 117 300
Address
Piata Victoriei 2
300006 Timisoara
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ion Gheorghe Boldea (Prof.)
S.C. BEESPEED AUTOMATIZARI S.R.L.
Romania
EU contribution
€ 33 413
Address
Vasile Parvan Blv 2, D101
300223 Timisoara
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sever Scridon (Dr.)