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small Electric Passenger vehicle with maximized Safety and Integrating a Lightweight Oriented Novel body architecture

Objective

As the global population gravitates towards increasingly large urban agglomerates, the density of movements and the sheer numbers of people displacements is growing so fast that existing vehicles for personal transport increasingly seem insufficient: consuming too much energy (present day cars), or exposing their drivers to larger-than-needed accident risks (motorcycles or bicycles). As especially urban climate is heating up worldwide, acclimatised personal transport is getting more and more the norm, as opposed to taking a bicycle to work. Epsilon aims to conceptualize, develop and prototype a new category of vehicle in between the ultra compact (urban) car and present day moped category small covered vehicles or semi-covered scooters. Epsilon underwrites the 'hard' performance targets defined in the call topic and seeks to meet these while ensuring a very competitive level of affordability and safety. Epsilon can achieve this by means of leveraging the substantial amount of previous and parallel (national & EU-funded) R&D of other projects in which epsilon partners participate, combined with the specific skills and expertise of the consortium members. As such it focuses on optimally integrating cutting edge yet available on prototype level components, materials, manufacturing technologies and subsystems into a drivable prototype plus 2 crash tested body structures. The extensive real experimental testing in combination with advanced performance simulations will allow full confidence verification of the performance of the vehicle and also will allow for strong promotion of the accomplished innovation. Epsilon takes very serious care of the fit between vehicle classes as agreed in European and worldwide standards and the characteristics of the vehicle to be developed. The epsilon consortium includes 1 major carmaker, 1 automotive supplier, 3 specialized electric car engineering / prototyping companies and 4 research centres from 5 EU countries.

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2013-RTD-1
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Coordinator

FKA GMBH
Address
Steinbachstrasse 7
52074 Aachen
Germany

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kristian Seidel (Mr.)
EU contribution
€ 259 053

Participants (10)

VIRTUAL VEHICLE RESEARCH GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 483 400
Address
Inffeldgasse 21 A
8010 Graz

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Gerhard Zrim
CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 277 075
Address
Strada Torino 50
10043 Orbassano

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maria Onida (Dr.)
AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 8 081
Address
Wallentinsvagen 22
447 83 Vargarda

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bengt Pipkorn (Dr.)
HPL PROTOTYPES LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 388 591
Address
Quenns Road 15
CV13DE Coventry

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Steve Bolton (Mr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
Austria
EU contribution
€ 194 760
Address
Rechbauerstrasse 12
8010 Graz

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jürgen Gugler (Mr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 168 375
Address
Hansastrasse 27c
80686 Munchen

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maximilian Steiert (Mr.)
LEC 2 LIMITED

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Address
Leaze Road 17 Kingsteinston
TQ12 3JR Newton Abbot

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Colin Smith (Mr.)
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 222 458
Address
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ernst Schmachtenberg (Prof.)
AXON AUTOMOTIVE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 404 121
Address
Raymond Close Units 5-6
NN29 7RG Wollaston Northamptonshire

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christopher Taylor (Mr.)
AUTOLIV FRANCE
France
EU contribution
€ 92 716
Address
2 Rue Villaret De Joyeuse
75017 Paris

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marciniak Ludovic (Mr.)