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Advanced Structural Light-Weight Architectures for Electric Vehicles

Objective

The automotive industry has not yet decided which the optimum architecture solution for electric vehicles is; this and the fact that requirements and constraints deriving from an electrical powertrain are much less stringent in several areas make necessary to study new solutions specifically designed for the particularities of electric vehicles. Therefore E-LIGHT proposal aims at exploring all the aspects and requirements for optimal electric vehicle architectures.
These particularities will be studied in E-Light project, focussing on:
• Modularity of components
• Ergonomic designs
• Innovative safety concepts
• Better aerodynamic performance and lesser weight which will decrease the overall power consumption and consequently will increase the range.
The main objective of E-Light project is to develop an innovative multi-material modular architecture specifically designed for electric vehicles, achieving optimal light weight and crashworthy performances while ensuring ergonomic on board.
In order to achieve this objective, the following scientific and technical objectives have been defined
• Identification of architectural requirements for future EV, focussing on lightweight for different battery and electric motor configurations (front or rear stand alone, wheel in hub).
• Identification of optimal multi-materials solution to become part of the EV architectures.
• The optimal geometries and designs for the EV architectures, taking into account previously studied architectural requirements and materials.
• Definition of design methodology and testing procedures in order to develop general design guidelines and testing procedures towards more sustainable, lightweight, modular concepts of the design process.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/automotive engineering
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport/electric vehicles

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2010-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

FUNDACION CIDAUT
Address
Plaza Vicente Aleixandre Campos 2 Pq Tecnologico De Boecillo 209
47151 Valladolid
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 519 249
Administrative Contact
Maria Teresa Fernandez Peña (Dr.)

Participants (7)

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 383 660
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Joanne Watson (Ms.)
TECNALIA CORPORACION TECNOLOGICA AIE

Participation ended

Spain
Address
Parque Tecnológico De Bizkaia, Calle Geldo Edificio 700
48160 Derio
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Borja Emaldi (Mr.)
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 381 500
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ane Irazustabarrena (Ms.)
EAST-4D CARBON TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 191 400
Address
Hauboldstrasse 8
01239 Dresden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Elke Walter (Ms.)
RICARDO CONSULTING ENGINEERS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 278 600
Address
Bridge Works
BN43 5FG Shoreham By Sea
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Corin Wren (Mr.)
PININFARINA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 173 400
Address
Via Bruno Buozzi 6
10100 Turin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Filippo Cappadona (Mr.)
POLE VEHICULE DU FUTUR
France
EU contribution
€ 172 065
Address
Rue Armand Japy 15
25460 Etupes
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Eric Gross (Mr.)