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Véhicule Intelligent et Propre ( Green and Smart Vehicle)

Project description

One step closer to a cleaner and more sustainable transportation future

In the race for sustainable transportation, the spotlight is on electric batteries and fuel cells. However, it’s important not to overlook the potential of existing technology and thermal engines. In this context, the EU-funded VIP project aims to develop an industrial-level fuel quality sensor solution for vehicles, aimed at reducing CO2 emissions. Championed by leading jurisdictions in Europe and beyond, the adoption of renewable fuels is gaining momentum. These fuels can be integrated into conventional engines, offering a remarkable 90 % reduction in CO2 emissions compared to traditional fossil fuels. By combining stricter regulations, advancements in renewable fuels, and the integration of onboard measurement and control systems, engine/fuel co-optimisation is possible.


"VIP project objective is to develop, at an industrial level, a fuel quality sensor solution to be installed on-board vehicles for CO2 reduction.

At a time when all eyes are turning to alternative, carbon-free methods of propulsion, technology related to electric batteries and fuel cells are at the forefront when it comes to the means of producing or storing energy. However, the duration of the transition phase should not be underestimated - when existing technology and thermal engines are improved. The thermal engine is, and will remain for these next 30 years, the best way of moving vehicles. This means there is a part that must be dealt with urgently: the CLEAN thermal vehicle during this long transitional phase.

Europe and the world's leading jurisdictions are advocating and legislatively pushing for the adoption and widespread use of renewable fuels, which promote the circular economy and short circuits. These new fuels operate in traditional ""drop in fuel"" engines (i.e. up to 100%) by offering a reduction in CO2 of up to 90% compared to a conventional gasoline or diesel fossil fuel on the complete Well to Wheel cycle.
It is therefore the strengthening of legislation and taxation based on CO2 and pollutant emissions, coupled with a stricter approval process, including a part on vehicle real field use conditions which will lead to the integration and spread of new on-board measurement and control systems, closer to the fuel tank system.
This combination of constraints on vehicle approval, the regulatory effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions combined with the availability on the market of refined renewable fuels in compliance with the RFQ / RED Guidelines on large volumes, opens a real prospect for the integration of a connected fuel quality/CO2 reduction function.
Fuel monitoring system also opens the door for automakers for engine/fuel co-optimization allowing to double CO2 saving by reaching up to 10% compared to a standard combustion with fossil fuels."

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Net EU contribution
€ 1 182 238,75

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Bouches-du-Rhône
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Total cost
€ 1 690 162,50