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Multi-fuel Range Extender with high efficiency and ultra low emissions

Objective

Worldwide, there is a strong trend towards highly efficient, low (preferably zero) emission vehicles, i.e. electrical vehicles. In order to facilitate the transition from conventional fuel-driven vehicles towards electrically driven vehicles, there is a short(er) term need for advanced plug-in hybrids and electrical vehicles with range extenders. For this purpose, highly efficient, compact, clean and low cost engines are required. Such engines are to provide battery charging over longer trips and/or in areas where electric recharge infrastructure is not (yet) available. Moreover, these engines should be able to significantly improve over future Euro 6 standards for noxious emissions.
FUEREX covers all of the above mentioned aspects with the focus on the application in battery electric vehicles with range extenders capable of using regular fuels as well as bio fuels.
The CONCEPT is based upon:
1. Three compact spark-ignition engines: (a) rotary engine, b) 2 cylinder piston engine, and c) gas engine as these type of engines have the highest potential to meet the requirements in terms of efficiency, fuel types, exhaust emissions, dimension, weight and costs.
2. Multi fuel Capability for regular fuels: petrol, LPG and CNG and for bio fuels: ethanol and biogas as these fuel types are broadly available and have the largest market potential;
3. Integration of the range extenders with state of the art battery packs
4. Demonstration of the integrated technology at a realistic scale
The targeted end result of FUEREX is to prove the feasibility/viability of the range extender technology for the markets for sub-compact passenger cars up to light duty trucks. This will allow large market penetration of electrical vehicles. Consortium is built with industry partners, AVL as engine supplier, BOSCH as component supplier, Volvo (passenger cars) and ALTRA (IVECO light commercial) as end-user and research institutes, CRF and Chalmers and Uniresearch as service provider.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport/electric vehicles
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/organic chemistry/hydrocarbons
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2010-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

UNIRESEARCH BV
Address
Delftechpark 37 J
2628 XJ Delft
Netherlands
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 101 400
Administrative Contact
Van Der Zweep Cor (Mr.)

Participants (7)

AVL LIST GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 385 032
Address
Hans-list-platz 1
8020 Graz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alexander Holleis (Mr.)
AVL SCHRICK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 439 434
Address
Dreherstrasse 3-5
42899 Remscheid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Olaf Hiller (Mr.)
ALTRA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 175 632
Address
Via Adamoli Gelasio 237 F-g
16138 Genova
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Giorgio Mantovani (Mr.)
CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 444 313
Address
Strada Torino 50
10043 Orbassano
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Massimo Casali (Dr.)
CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 287 682
Address
-
41296 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gunilla Walther (Ms.)
ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 374 112
Address
Robert-bosch-platz 1
70839 Gerlingen-schillerhoehe
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Heiko Jung (Mr.)
VOLVO PERSONVAGNAR AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 191 894
Address
Avd 50090 Hb3s
405 31 Goteborg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Börje Grandin (Dr.)