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Optimized Structural components and add-ons to improve passive safety in new Electric Light Trucks and Vans (ELTVs)

Objective

OPTIBODY, is a new concept of modular structural architecture for electric light trucks or vans (ELTVs) that will focus on the improvement of passive safety in order to help to reduce the number of fatalities and severe injuries.
This new structural concept is composed of a chassis; a cabin improving current levels of EVs’ comfort, occupant protection and ergonomics; and a number of add-ons bringing specific self protection in case of impacts or rollover, and providing partner protection (crash compatibility) while interacting with other vehicles or vulnerable users. Each module can be individually optimized.
OPTIBODY, together with the less restrictive distribution of internal components of EVs (with less architectural constraints than conventional ones) will represent a unique opportunity to implement innovative solutions for passive safety in ELTVs.
OPTIBODY, as a module-based design, has also important results in terms of repairability. An optimum choice for the different modules’ features will make repairability and maintenance procedures easier and more cost efficient.
Currently, the EVs figures are still reduced, but the 21st century will most likely see the replacement of vehicles relying on the internal combustion engine by EVs (as stated in “A Sustainable Future for Transport”- Communication adopted by the EC -17/06/2009). In accordance with this idea, the”National Development Plan on Electric-Drive Vehicles” (German Federal Cabinet -19/08/2009), plans to get 1 million EVs on Germany by 2020; the Spanish Ministry of Industry intends to reach the 1 million EVs in Spain by 2014; manufacturers like RENAULT have forecasted 6 million EVs in Europe by 2010; besides, encouraging the EV is one of the main objectives of the Spanish presidency of the UE.
OPTIBODY will imply decreases in severity of injuries as a result of traffic accidents involving ELTVs, this will mean important reductions in sanitary costs to the National Health Services of the Member State

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2010-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD DE ZARAGOZA
Address
Calle Pedro Cerbuna 12
50009 Zaragoza
Spain
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 537 672
Administrative Contact
Oscar Lopez (Mr.)

Participants (9)

POLITECNICO DI TORINO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 444 443
Address
Corso Duca Degli Abruzzi 24
10129 Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marica Pertile (Dr.)
PRZEMYSLOWY INSTYTUT MOTORYZACJI
Poland
EU contribution
€ 101 901
Address
Ul. Jagiellonska 55
03 301 Warszawa
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Pawel Goller (Mr.)
IDIADA AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 315 660
Address
L Albornar
43710 Santa Oliva
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ismene Lage (Ms.)
INSTITUTO DE INVESTIGACION SOBRE REPARACION DE VEHICULOS SA*
Spain
EU contribution
€ 153 824
Address
Carretera Nacional 232 Km 273-3
50690 Pedrola
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Juan Luis De Miguel (Mr.)
AMZ-KUTNO SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 63 769
Address
Skleczkowska 18
99-300 Kutno
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Konrad Cybulski (Mr.)
ITALDESIGN - GIUGIARO S.P.A.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 163 290
Address
Via San Quintino 28
10100 Torino
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alberto Procopio (Mr.)
ZAKLAD KOMPOZYTOW SP. ZOO.
Poland
EU contribution
€ 49 181
Address
Gdanska 2
05-152 Czosnow
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ewa Wysga (Ms.)
SSAB TUNNPLAET AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 112 447
Address
.
781 84 Borlaenge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Joaquín Azcona (Dr.)
MONDRAGON AUTOMOCION S COOP
Spain
EU contribution
€ 96 276
Address
Avenida Uribarri Etorbidea 19
20500 Arrasate Mondragon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Amaia Mujika (Ms.)