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Integration and Management of Performance and Road Efficiency of Electric Vehicle Electronics

Objective

Electric Vehicles (EV) are subject of many R&D projects aimed at improving their components and overall physical (structural) architecture. In addition, several research projects exist that seek to innovate the overall control system that 'orchestrates' the way all these components perform together in passenger EV.
IMPROVE focuses on in-vehicle ICT innovations for commercial (fleet operated) vehicles, which are in some aspects different from private passenger vehicles: different use cases, different trade-offs between comfort, driving dynamics and cost efficiency, and more embedded in a fleet of several vehicles.
Within this focus, IMPROVE leverages a set of hardware and software innovations that in combination add a targeted 20% of range for the same battery capacity; increase the life of the battery, reduce the cost of key components and uses deeply integrated interconnections between subsystems inside the vehicle and between the vehicle (sub-)system and the outside world (cloud, grid, work, office). All these performance increases are achieved while maintaining safety and increasing comfort and wellbeing for the driver(s) of the vehicle.
IMPROVE integrates an induction e-motor (without permanent magnet) with an inverter to decrease cost; it integrates model embedded predictive controlling into advanced algorithms to optimize energy efficiency and -recovery. It leverages data extracted from cloud, grid and (back)office applications of the driver for in-vehicle control optimisation. All these elements are prototyped and assembled to a drivable test vehicle which will be submitted to extensive tests.
The IMPROVE consortium combines the strengths of very large, large, mid-sized and small companies with the academic / technological excellence of established academia and research centres, enabling it to optimally apply the project results in future vehicles and services with substantial impact on Europe's Green Car objectives.
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Kompetenzzentrum - Das Virtuelle Fahrzeug, Forschungsgesellschaft mbH

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Inffeldgasse 21 A
8010 Graz

Austria

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Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 417 140

Administrative Contact

Gerhard Zrim (Mr,)

Participants (10)

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BRUSA ELEKTRONIK AG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 84 376

CESKE VYSOKE UCENI TECHNICKE V PRAZE

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 320 400

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 306 365

TEMIC AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRIC MOTORS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 534 657

SIC! SOFTWARE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 209 400

IDIADA AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 268 956

SIEMENS INDUSTRY SOFTWARE SAS

France

LMS IMAGINE

France

EU Contribution

€ 188 759

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 159 360

TOFAS TURK OTOMOBIL FABRIKASI ANONIM SIRKETI

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 502 587

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 608756

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 July 2013

  • End date

    31 December 2016

Funded under:

FP7-ICT

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 915 055

  • EU contribution

    € 2 992 000

Coordinated by:

Kompetenzzentrum - Das Virtuelle Fahrzeug, Forschungsgesellschaft mbH

Austria