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Project Partners

AVL List GmbH

Participant profile
AVL LIST GmbH is the world’s largest privately owned and independent company for the development of powertrain systems as well as simulation, instrumentation and test systems. AVL has about 3800 employees in Graz (over 700 graduated engineers) and a global network of 65 representations and affiliates resulting in more than 7500 employees worldwide. AVL´s Powertrain Engineering division activities are focused on the research, design and development of various powertrains in the view of low fuel consumption, low emission, low noise and improved drivability. The Advanced Simulation Technologies division develops and markets the simulation methods which are necessary for the powertrain development work. The Instrumentation and Test Systems division is an established manufacturer and provider of instruments and systems for powertrain and vehicle testing including combustion diagnostic sensors, optical systems as well as complete engine, powertrain and vehicle test beds. AVL supplies advanced development and testing solutions for conventional and hybrid vehicle components and systems like simulation platforms, development tools and system integration tools.

DAF TRUCKS NV

DAF Trucks N.V. is a wholly owned subsidiary of the North-American corporation PACCAR Inc. DAF Trucks‟ core activities are focused on the development, production, marketing and sale of medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicles. All DAF products are backed up by a full range of services. DAF Trucks also produces components for third parties, ranging from axle assemblies to complete engines for buses and coaches and special vehicles. The customer is DAF’s top priority. Low costs per kilometer, high quality, driver comfort, low fuel consumption, minimal impact on the environment and high transport efficiency characterize all DAF products. DAF Trucks has production facilities in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, in Westerlo, Belgium and in Ponta Grossa, Brasil. Thanks to its high efficiency and the world class manufacturing and products, the company has established a strong competitive position on the European market. 

FPT Motorenforschung AG

FPT Motorenforschung AG (FMF) is one of the 6 internal combustion engine research and development centres of CNH Industrial Powertrain in the world. It is involved in the most important and pioneering projects of CNH Industrial’s powertrain segment with a focus on further improving already existing and developing fundamentally new technologies. CNH Industrial Powertrain employs some 8,000 people worldwide at 10 plants and 6 R&D centres. The existence of a distribution network of more than 100 dealers and 1,300 service points ensures FPT Industrial presence in around 100 countries. Through the brand “FPT Industrial”, CNH Industrial offers a wide range of propulsion and transmission systems for on- and off-road trucks and commercial vehicles, as well as engines for marine application and power generation. All in all, 6 engine families with a power from 20 to 825 HP and transmissions with a maximum power from 300 to 500 Nm are available depending on the customers’ individual requests. This large field of expertise and an important focus on research & development activities make it one of the well-known brands on a worldwide basis in the industrial powertrains sector.

IVECO S.p.A.

IVECO S.p.A. (IVECO) is one of the world leaders in road transportation. It designs, manufactures and sells a wide range of light, medium and heavy commercial vehicles for road and off-road use.

The key players in its product line-up are the Daily, a vehicle that covers the 2.8 – 7 ton vehicle weight segment, the Eurocargo from 6 – 16 tons, the Trakker (dedicated to off-road missions) and the Stralis, both over 16 tons. The product offer is complemented by a series of aftersales, financing and used vehicle assistance services.

From its beginning, the company has been committed to safe, efficient and ecological mobility and for more than 30 years has been developing technological solutions that respect the lives of people and the environment.

Volvo Technology Corporation

The Volvo Group (VOLVO) is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses and construction equipment, drive systems for marine and industrial applications, and services. Founded in 1927, Volvo Group has approximately 101 000 employees today, production in 20 countries and sales activities in some 190 markets. 2012 the Volvo Groups’ operating income amounted to 17,6 BnSEK (approx. 2,0 Bn€).

Volvo Technology, founded 1969, is one of the legal entities within the Volvo Group organized under Group Trucks Technology, with its main office in Gothenburg (Sweden) and locations in France, United States, India, China and Japan. Volvo Technology is a Volvo Group advanced technology and research engineering entity, developing and integrating new product and business concepts and technology for hard as well as soft products within the transport and vehicle industry. Primarily we work in the key technology areas; Transport Solutions & Services, Energy Efficiency & Environment, Vehicle Technology & Safety, Electrical & Embedded Systems, Supply Chain and within the area of Technology Strategy & Innovation. VOLVO participates in national and international research projects in strategic areas, involving academia, research institutes, authorities and other stakeholders. 

Honeywell Transportation Systems

Participant profile
Honeywell Transportation Systems, official registration number CH-550-1035-825-1, is hereinafter called “Honeywell”. Honeywell is the largest turbocharger supplier in the world and supplies turbochargers to both the Passenger Vehicle and Commercial Vehicle markets. Its Headquarters is located in Rolle, Switzerland. It is a global organization operating in 3 regions and at more than 20 locations across the world - all share a culture founded on technological excellence, a commitment to quality and customer service. The company produced over 10 million turbos annually in recent years for automotive applications in every corner of the world. More than 60% of global sales were made in Europe. The company has engineering centres in US, France, Czech Republic, Japan and China, and operates manufacturing plants in France, Italy, United Kingdom, Romania, Mexico, Brazil, Korea, Slovakia, Japan and China. The company is currently expanding in China, India and Eastern Europe. Within the project the Engineering centre of Czech Republic is participating as partner, located in Brno and Prague.

Robert Bosch GmbH

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

Continental Corporation

Participant profile
Continental develops intelligent technologies for transporting people and their goods. As a reliable partner, the international automotive supplier, tire manufacturer, and industrial partner provides sustainable, safe, comfortable, individual, and affordable solutions. In 2014, the corporation generated sales of approximately €34.5 billion with its five divisions, Chassis & Safety, Interior, Powertrain, Tire, and ContiTech. Continental currently employs approximately 200,000 people in 53 countries.

The Chassis & Safety division develops and produces integrated active and passive driving safety technologies as well as products that support vehicle dynamics. The product portfolio ranges from electronic and hydraulic brake and chassis control systems to sensors, advanced driver assistance systems, airbag electronics and sensorics as well as electronic air suspension systems all the way to windscreen washer systems and headlight cleaning nozzles. The focus is on a high level of system competence and the integration of components into the safety concept ContiGuard. Chassis & Safety employs more than 38,000 people worldwide and generated sales of approximately €7.5 billion in 2014.

Information management and Intelligent Transportation Systems are at the very heart of the Interior division, which provides a broad range of products for very different vehicles. The product portfolio includes instrument clusters, multifunctional displays and head-up displays, control units, electronic car-entry and tire-information systems, radios, infotainment systems, input devices and control panels, climate control units, telematics solutions and services, software as well as cockpits. Interior employs worldwide more than 36.000 people and generated sales of approximately €7.0 billion in 2014.

The Powertrain division develops and produces innovative and efficient system solutions for vehicle powertrains. The comprehensive range of products includes gasoline and diesel injection systems, engine management and transmission control, including sensors and actuators, exhaust aftertreatment technologies as well as fuel supply systems, and components and systems for hybrid and electric drives. Powertrain employs worldwide around 34.500 people and generated sales of approximately €6.5 billion in 2014.

FEV GmbH

FEV is an independent internationally recognized company in the design and development of powertrains, power units and burners as well as a manufacturer of prototypes and instrumentation systems. FEV is certified at DIN ISO 9001 in research and development, manufacturing, sale and service - TÜV cert (Certificate registration N° 01 100 0000 10).

FEV was founded in 1978 and has now approximately 4000 employees at different facilities worldwide. A large number of them are upgrade engineers (PhD and Diploma engineers).

As a supplier FEV conducts the powertrain and power unit development projects from the initial concept phase through production release under direct implementation of the latest scientific discoveries. FEV has extensive experience in designing and developing new power systems as well as in the modification of existing designs. Our capabilities and experiences extend to power system packaging and powertrain systems integration, including the control of integrated powertrain functions, certification, calibration and homologation. FEV develops and uses mathematical models for the analysis of mechanical stress and noise and acoustic, combustion and flow processes, thermal, and medium flow management and for catalysis processes. Moreover, FEV has gained significant experience in electrification of vehicles from HEV’s over Range Extender vehicles up to full battery electric vehicles, battery management, energy management, and model based controls for all kinds of automotive systems.

Ricardo UK Ltd

Ricardo UK Ltd (RCD), official registration number 02815682, Shoreham Technical Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 5FG, England is hereinafter called “Ricardo”.

The Ricardo group of companies is a leading independent technology provider and strategic consultant to the world’s transportation sector and clean energy industries, with over 2000 people employed in offices in the UK, USA, Germany, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Russia, China, Japan, India and Korea. The company’s engineering expertise ranges from vehicle systems integration, controls, electronics and software development, to the latest driveline and transmission systems and gasoline, diesel, hybrid and fuel cell powertrain technologies for all vehicle types, as well as rail, wind energy and tidal power systems. Ricardo is committed to excellence and industry leadership in people, technology and knowledge; approximately 70 per cent of its employees are highly qualified multi-disciplined professional engineers and technicians. A public company, Ricardo plc posted sales of £236 million in financial year 2014 and is a constituent of the FTSE techMark 100 index – a group of innovative technology companies listed on the London Stock Exchange.

Chalmers University of Technology

Participant profile
Chalmers University of Technology (founded in 1829) has more than 3 000 employees and 10 000 students at its two campuses in Gothenburg. The university, which is owned by Chalmers Foundation since 1994, has 18 departments covering a wide range of scientific disciplines in engineering and technology management and economics, as well as in natural sciences with close ties to Gothenburg University. Chalmers has a long tradition of close collaboration with industry and society at large, and the connections with the automotive industry are particularly strong. The university has a strong commitment to contribute to sustainable development, and to stimulate cross-border research eight Areas of Advance have been formed to address major challenges being faced by the world.

Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

Participant profile
The Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU) has got long tradition in simulations of vehicle and powertrain dynamics and experiment base for engines and powertrains, power electrical engineering, control, mechatronics and vehicle dynamics, microelectronics and ICT. JBRC (Josef Božek Research Centre of Engine and Automotive Technology) was established at Faculty of Mechanical Engineering CTU in 2000, being subsidized by the national projects. It provides R&D of vehicle electric and ICE power trains, vehicle design and engine and powertrain control. CTU is a member of networks SAE International – Czech Group, EARPA, EGVIA, ERTRAC

RWTH Aachen University

Participant profile
The Institute for Automotive Engineering (ika) of RWTH Aachen University is Europe’s leading institute in automotive engineering and directed by Professor Lutz Eckstein. Starting from the idea to innovative concepts for components and systems up to vehicle prototypes the staff of the institute creates and designs the future vehicle. In cooperation with car manufacturers and suppliers, ika is making an acknowledged contribution to help solve current and future global challenges.

The Institute for Combustion Engines (VKA) at RWTH Aachen University
is under direction of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Pischinger and the Chair of Technical Thermodynamics (LTT) form the Institute for Thermodynamics, which belongs to the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of RWTH Aachen University. The research undertaken at VKA covers all areas of modern drivetrain development: starting and emphasizing on the combustion engine topics, leading to the elements of modern hybrid drivetrains like batteries or transmissions.

The Junior Professorship for Mechatronic Systems for Combustion Engines is affiliated with the Institute for Combustion Engines and directed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jakob Andert. The research focus is on mechatronic engine components, real-time combustion control by high-speed indication analysis, as well as automotive 48V powernet system development. Hardware-in-the-loop and the realtime co-simulation methodology play a key role for the research work in all areas of expertise.

Politecnico di Milano

Politecnico di Milano (PoliMI) is the largest technical university in Italy, with approximately 1800 academics and researchers, which offers only study programmes in Engineering and Architecture. It is organized in 12 Departments of Engineering and Architecture and is currently one of the top ranked technical University in Europe. The Department of Energy counts nearly 250 people, including 110 faculty staff and 140 post-doctoral and doctoral researchers, working on advanced research activities concerning a wide range of energy sciences and technologies. In particular, three strategic sectors are investigated: energy technologies in transports; electric power generation, transmission and distribution; thermal engineering and efficient final energy use.

Politecnico di Torino

Participant profile
Founded in 1859, Politecnico di Torino (POLITO) is a leading institution in Italy and in Europe in the field of technical-scientific research, with a yearly budget of about €300 million and over 30000 students studying in 115 different courses (15% of them are international students). POLITO employs 900 people among professors and tenured researchers, covering all disciplines of relevance for green transport areas. Each year POLITO draw up about 800 contracts with industries, government funded institutions, local organizations. As regards the automotive area, in the last 5 years research projects at POLITO have received an amount of about €24 million from EU, national, regional and private programs. POLITO participates in the European “Green Vehicle Initiative”, the Public Private Partnerships conceived by the European Commission in 2009 to focus public and private research on issues of direct and significant relevance to the Europe with regard to the competitiveness of industry and employment.

Technische Universiteit Eindhoven

Participant profile
Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE), with approximately 3300 staff members, is a research university specializing in engineering science & technology. TUE profiles itself as the university where innovation starts; Smart Mobility is defined as one of its three strategic areas. The Intelligent Community Forum named the Eindhoven region as the world’s Intelligent Community of the year 2011.