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InnoVative Flexible Electric Transport

Objective

The V-FEATHER project presents a complete electric vehicle architecture vision on how urban light duty vehicles will be designed, built and run in the near future. This project is led by industrial partners with emphasis on energy efficiency, commercial viability, life cycle design and development of new technologies for LDVs steered by leading research institutes.
The vehicle is built around an active adaptive structural architecture (ADAPTecture) that replaces the “platform” concept with a modular building block concept. The functional modules are part of the vehicle structure itself thus reducing the frame weight and add their own power and energy units which can be shared. This increases the payload capacity and the available power to weight ratio of the vehicle can be controlled.
As the weight distribution and structural integrity changes when a payload module is added or removed, active vehicle dynamics are incorporated through a modular actively controlled reconfigurable structure, collapsible body panels, active suspension modules incorporating in-hub motors and modular battery pack systems. A High-level control architecture controls the vehicle dynamics, active safety, power and energy requirements and driver interaction.
The specifications of these modular LDV are based on a radical new Deposit, Rapid Recharge and Recollect (D3R) system for urban freight, last mile delivery, freight security and tracking. The modular vehicle is able to drop off modules for delivery, recharging and collection later while continuing a freight run. This varying payload structure and vehicle footprint allows the LDV to function in the entirety of the supply chain run. Dynamic charging (while moving) can be carried out using available infrastructures. The D3R concept could theoretically allow 24 hour running without a single charge pause.
A complete prototype vehicle with a cab and payload module will be developed during the project to validate and test the new concepts.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport/electric vehicles

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2011-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY
Address
College Road
MK43 0AL Cranfield - Bedfordshire
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 566 410
Administrative Contact
Michael Bayes (Dr.)

Participants (10)

CENTRE DE RECHERCHE PUBLIC HENRI TUDOR

Participation ended

Luxembourg
Address
Avenue J F Kennedy 29
1855 Luxembourg
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Djamel Khadraoui (Dr.)
AYTON WILLOW LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 270 143
Address
St John Street 145-157
EC1V 4PW London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Aazir Khan (Dr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT HAMBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 318 845
Address
Am Schwarzenberg Campus 1
21073 Hamburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Stefanie Bollwitt (Ms.)
TUK TUK HOLDING BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 347 918
Address
Verrijn Stuartweg 22 P
1112 AX Diemen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Roland Vos (Mr.)
DENSO AUTOMOTIVE DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 120 972
Address
Freisinger Strasse 21
85386 Eching
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hasan Esen (Dr.)
CLEANCARB SARL
Luxembourg
EU contribution
€ 313 102
Address
Rue Schmitz 2A
8190 Kopstal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Dooley (Mr.)
KING'S COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 308 695
Address
Strand
WC2R 2LS London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paul Labbett (Mr.)
LUXEMBOURG INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Luxembourg
EU contribution
€ 180 228
Address
5 Avenue Des Hauts Fourneaux
4362 Esch Sur Alzette
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Djamel Khadraoui (Dr.)
TIMONEY TECHNOLOGY LTD

Participation ended

Ireland
Address
Gibbstown
Navan
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Frank O'rourke (Mr.)
ECOMOVE APS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 182 876
Address
Chr M. Ostergaards Vej 4 A Vbi Park
8700 Horsens
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Løkke Mogens (Mr.)