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Aerodynamic and Flexible Trucks for Next Generation of Long Distance Road Transport

Aerodynamic and Flexible Trucks for Next Generation of Long Distance Road Transport

Objective

The transport sector contributes to about 25% of total CO2 emissions in the EU and is the only sector where the trend is still increasing. Taking into account the growing demand on the road transport system and the ambitious targets of the EC’s Transport White Paper, it is paramount to increase the efficiency of freight transport.
The vision of the AEROFLEX project is to support vehicle manufacturers and the logistics industry to achieve the coming challenges for road transport. The overall objective of the AEROFLEX project is to develop and demonstrate new technologies, concepts and architectures for complete vehicles with optimised aerodynamics, powertrains and safety systems as well as flexible and adaptable loading units with advanced interconnectedness contributing to the vision of a “physical internet”. The optimal matching of novel vehicle concepts and infrastructures is highly important, requiring the definition of smart infrastructure access policies for the next generation of trucks, load carriers and road infrastructure.
The specific technical objectives, main innovations and targeted key results are:
1. Characterise the European freight transport market (map, quantify and predict), the drivers, the constraints, the trends, and the mode and vehicle choice criteria
2. Develop new concepts and technologies for trucks with reduced drag, which are safer, comfortable, configurable and cost effective and ensure satisfaction of intermodal customer needs under varying transport tasks and conditions.
3. Demonstrate potential truck aerodynamics and energy management improvements with associated impact assessments of the new vehicle concepts, technologies and features developed in the AEROFLEX project.
4. Drafting of coherent recommendations for revising standards and legislative frameworks in order to allow the new aerodynamic and flexible vehicle concepts on the road.
To achieve an overall 18-33% efficiency improvement in road transport / long haulage by 2025+.
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Coordinator

MAN TRUCK & BUS SE

Address

Dachauer Strasse 667
80995 Munchen

Germany

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 956 102

Participants (24)

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DAF TRUCKS NV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 97 786,50

IVECO S.p.A.

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 339 325

SCANIA CV AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 388 150

VOLVO TECHNOLOGY AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 332 364,38

CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 562 500

UNIRESEARCH BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 199 675

SCHMITZ CARGOBULL AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 65 696,75

VAN ECK BEESD BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 385 131,25

TIRSAN TREYLER SANAYI VE TICARET AS

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 42 007

CREO DYNAMICS AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 312 869,38

MANUFACTURE FRANCAISE DES PNEUMATIQUES MICHELIN

France

EU Contribution

€ 125 062

WABCO EUROPE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 38 573,50

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 339 125

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 328 810

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 984 051,25

STICHTING HOGESCHOOL VAN ARNHEM ENNIJMEGEN HAN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 172 556,25

IDIADA AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 966 210

STICHTING NATIONAAL LUCHT- EN RUIMTEVAARTLABORATORIUM

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 824 362,50

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY LEUVEN NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 132 300

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 936 172,50

MEDIZINISCHE HOCHSCHULE HANNOVER

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 58 375

UNION INTERNATIONALE DES SOCIETES DE TRANSPORT COMBINE RAIL-ROUTE SCRL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 36 669,50

WABCO AUTOMOTIVE BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 472 737,13

WABCO GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 438 166,75

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 769658

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 October 2017

  • End date

    31 March 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.4.

  • Overall budget:

    € 11 818 561,25

  • EU contribution

    € 9 534 778,64

Coordinated by:

MAN TRUCK & BUS SE

Germany