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Ongoing projects:

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As the demand for increasingly autonomous Cyber-Physical Systems (CPSoS) grows, so does the need for advanced certification mechanisms that can enhance their security posture without compromising their safety. Existing validation methods require exhaustive offline testing of every possible state scenario prior to fielding the system. The EU-funded ASSURED project is introducing an innovative, formally verified runtime assurance framework for securing CPS supply chains: by leveraging edge computing ecosystems, a universal distributed solution will be developed for the transformation of CPSoS into distributed safety-critical CPSoS solutions, hosting multiple mixed-criticality applications. The project's approach will ensure a smooth transition and advancement beyond current limiting strategies towards holistic security (attestation) services that are capable of reducing complex attack surfaces in (near) real-time.

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As of today, Europe remains not competitive in terms of Lithium battery cell development and especially manufacturing. This lack of competence and competitiveness could quickly spiral down into a complete loss of this key technology for electrification in the EU. Thus IMAGE will significantly contribute to sustainably develop the European Li-battery cell manufacturing comptence and capability by creating a competitive, production-oriented research & development framework within Europe. A realistic and well-documented roadmap towards the manufacturing of cost-effective and competitive battery cells within Europe will emerge. This will be enforced by establishing a distributed battery cell production base that will be able, after careful upscaling of production, to supply the now burgeoning electric vehicle industry. From this context, the main goal of IMAGE is to push European's Li-battery industry and academia to take over a leading role in the development and manufacturing of Next Generation Li-Ion cells. IMAGE has the following major objectives: 1) Develop generic production techniques for next generation battery cells based on high specific energy Li-metal battery cells. This will include a modular development approach that will be easy to up-scale while remaining flexible and safer to repalce in case of any contingencies and market/manufacturer configuration changes. 2) Identify energy and resource efficient cell manufacturing technlogies and assets tailored to the existent European industrial infrastructure. This will include the identification of bottleneck factors and challenges that could be addressed in the present European industrial context. 3) Develop a progressive, multiple-tier technological and production framework that is able to cope with the inherent technological changes and advancements characteristic to this dynamic field. Thus, there will be several technlogies covered by IMAGE, each having different technological maturity level.

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The major challenge the European automotive industry is currently faced with is the 2020 CO2 fleet emission target of 95g/km and the envisaged further reduction of the CO2 emission limits in the European Union for the period after 2025. The European OEMs are also challenged by meeting Euro 6 tail pipe emission standards while already developing powertrains that need to fulfil future Euro 7 emission limits. In addition, the change of the emission test drive cycle from NEDC to WLTP and the implementation of real-driving emissions tRDE) imposes additional challenges onto the European car industry. The effort to meet the future fleet CO2 emission limits has been leading to the need for introduction of a broad range of electrified vehicle configurations into the portfolio of the European OEMs. Besides the increased development effort related to the electrified powertrain system itself, elctrification also results in more derivatives from the standard platforms and vehicle models, which further increases the development effort and costs. An eleftrified powertrain is a highly complex mechatronic system, and meeting all functional and performance requirements efficiently demands a highly integrated development pproach. Micro- and mild-hybrid architectures add moderate complexity to conventional powetrain, however, the further step toward heavy electrification, aimed at a lergely improved overall energy efficiency and unconditional emission legislation compliance under RDE conditions, requires advanced design and optimization methods and tools to master the related development challenges. This is exactly where the VISION-xEV project aims at providing its scientific and technical contribution: to develop and demonstrate a generic virtual component and system integration framework for the efficient development of all kinds of future electrified powertrain systems.

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To face the climate change, tens of millions of electrified vehicles need to be deveployed in the next decade. To meet this challenge, the automotive industry must shift mass production from thermal to electrified vehicles. The challenge is further complicated by electrified vehicles having more components and architectures than thermal vehicles. Realizing this paradigm shift is only possible if there are innovative methods to significantly reduce their development and testing time. The main goal of PANDA is to provide a unified organisation of digital models to seamlessly integrate virtual and real testing of all types of electrified vehicles and their components. The complexity of developing electrified vehicles becomes manageable by delevering a modular simulation framework. Development partners can share models (in open or in black-box form), avoiding sensitive IP issues and greatly increasing the development flecxibility. The proposed method will enable 1) an easy reuse of models for different development tasks, 2) a replacement of real tests by virtual tests anf 3) real-time testing on vehicle level. This method will be integrated in a multi-power open platform based on existing industrial software, enabling Stand-alone or Cloud Computing. The method will be validated using two existing vehicles ( a BEV and a FCV). Also, real and virtual tests of the integrated electrical susbsytems of an innovative P-HEV will be performed. PANDA will reduce the time-to-market of electrified vehicles by 20%, by harmonizing the interaction between the models. In addition, the seamless integration will give developers access to other subsystem models, which will decrease the correlation efforts on components by 20%. The open platform will 1) make it easier for OEMs, suppliers, SMEs and research institutions to interact and 2) enable a fair competition. These innovations will make the European market more flexible, more open to innovation and ultimately more comptetive.

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The overall objective of REDIFUEL is to enable the utilization of various biomass feedstock for an ultimate renewable EN590 diesel biofuel (drop-in capable at any ratio) in a sustainable manner. REDIFUEL's ambition is to develop new technologies, solution and processes to be integrated to reach high conversion efficiencies for renewable fuel production. And, to proof the techno-economic potential to reach a highly competing production cost level of € 0.90 - 1.00 per litre (depending on biomass source) at moderate production plant sizes, e.g. 10-25 kt/a. The proposed drop-in biofuel contains high-cetane C11+ bio-hydrocarbons and C6-C11 bio-alcohols which has exceptional performance with respect to combustion and shoot-inhibition properties. The environmental and the society aspects are taken into account by a comprehensive Biomass-to-Wheel performance check of the developed technologies.

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The aim of ACHILES is to develop a more efficient E/E control system architecture optimized for the 3rd generation of EVs by integrating four new technological concepts. Firstly, a new wheel concept design will be equippex with full by-wire braking, including a new friction brake concept. Secondly, a centralized computer platform will host the e-drive functionalities and reduce the number of ECUs and networks while fulfilling safety & security requirements. It will support centralized domain controllers required to implement high automation and autonomy concepts, a key requirement for smart mobility. Thirdly, an out of phase control that will allow to intentionally operare the electric motor inefficiently to dissipate the excess of braking energy in case of fully charged batteries. As a fourth concept, a new torque vectoring algorithm will significantly improve the vehicle dynamics. The advances proposed will reduce the total cost of ownership by 10% and increase the driving range by at least 11% while increasing autonomy. ACHILES will be tested and verified in a real demo vehicle and in a brand-independet testing platform. The project consortium is another major asset. Audi, one of the technologically most advanced OEMs, will integrate these technologies to a next generation of EVs prototype. As a leading supplier, Continental will contribute by the innovative brake system. Elaphe, a leading technology company for e-motor design, will develop the suitable motor technology. TTTech, known for its future oriented network technologies for AI and autonomy-based systems, will be responsible for the networking technology. The academia team consists of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Coordinator), Tecnalia, Ikerlan and the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft. It will provide the technological basis, the modelling and the algorithms for this challenging endeavour. Finally, Idiada will conduct the testing and evaluations verifying and proving the achievement of the promised innovation.

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For decades, scientists have been exploring materials to produce a new generation of long-lasting batteries. The EU-funded CoFBAT project aims to develop novel batteries for energy storage that are cobalt free and in a modular format, rendering it suitable for different wide-ranging applications, be it domestic or industrial. New materials and components will developed and optimised to achieve novel battery cells with longer lifetime, improved ciclability, lower costs, improved safety, lower environmental impact and more efficient recycling. The proposed solutions will allow Europe to become less dependent on raw materials for securing the supply chain, since CoFBAT gathers the whole value chain in battery production from materials to battery manufacturing, including electrochemical characterization and life cylce assessment. The feasibility, of a metal recovery process will also be deeply investigated and recommendations for future application made.

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The GHOST project addresses all the H2020 topic GV-06-2017 aspects including also important contributions on the innovative Dual Battery System (DBS) architectrure based on next generation of battery technologies (i.e. Li-S) and its impact on the reduction of complexity of the E/E architecture, improvement of energy density, efficiency, sfaety, scalability, modularity, and cost reduction. The activity proposed will be conducted by a thirteen member consortium belonging to 7 EU MS representing all requested competencies in the field of Battery Systems (BS), their thermal management, integration and safety for automotive applications (OEMs (EUCAR), suppliers (CLEPA), Engineering and Technology Organisations and universities (EARPA) including members of ERTRAC and EGVIA). The main objectives of the GHOST project are: Design of novel modular BS with higher energy density up to 20% based on the SoA of Li-ion battery cells through: Implementation of advanced light and functionalized housing material; Innovative, modular, energy/cost efficient thermal management architectures and strategies; Increase of the BS energy density up to 30% based on novel DSB;Concept compared to SoA BS based on Li-ion technolgy; Development of mass producible innovative and integrated design solutions to reduce the battery integration cost at least by 30% through smart design; Definition of  new test methodologies and procedures to evaluate reliability, safety and lifetime of different BS; Design of novel prototyping, manufacturing and dismantling techniques for the BS; Evaluation of 2nd life battery potential, applications and markets; Demonstration of GHOST olution in two demonstrators (BEV bus with superfast charge capability and PHEV) and one lab demonstrator (module level) for the post Lithium-Ion technology; Technologies developed in the Ptoject will be ready for first market introduction from 2024 and have a strong impact on the e-chargeable vehicles performance increase.

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UPSCALE is the first EU-project that has the specific goal to integrate artificial intelligence (AI) methods directly into traditional physics-based Computer Aided Engineering (CAE)-software and - methods. These CAE-tools are currently being used to develop road transportation not only in Europe but worldwide. The current focus of the project is to apply AI-methods to reduce the development time and increade the performance of electric vehicles (EVs) which are required by the automotive industry to reduce global emission levels. High performance computing (HPC) and CAE-software and -methods play a decisive role in vehicle development process. In order to make a significant impact on the development process, the two most HPC intensice CAE-applications have been chosen as use cases for the project: vehicle aero/thermal- and crash-modelling. When considering total automotive HOOC usage, approximately 20% is used for aero/thermal simulations and up to 50% of HPC resources are utitlized for crash simulations. By improving the effectiveness of these two areas, great increases in efficiency will lead to a 20% of reduction of product time to market. Other novel modelling approaches susch as reduced order modelling will be coupled to the AI improved CAE-software and -methods to further reduce simulation time and ease the application of optimization tools needed to improve product quality. Through the combined effort of universities, research laboratories, European automotive OEMs, software companies and an AI-SME specialized in machine learning (ML), the UPSCALE project will provide a unique and effective environment to produces novel AI-based CAE-software solutions to improve European automotive competiveness.

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The ORCA project proposal addresses topic GV-03-2016, of the Transport Work Programme. The work proposed will, in a single coordinated project, address all the aspects of the domain 2 "For pure and plug-in hybrids, power-train system integration and optimisation through the re-use of waste heat, advanced control, downsizing of ICEs, innovative transmissions and the integration of electronic components" regarding Heavy Duty Vehicles. The activity proposed will be conducted by an 11-member consortium from 7 different European Member States representing all requested competencies in the field of powertrain opitimization for Heavy Duty Vehicles. The consortium comprimises OEMs with IVECO-ALTRA, CRF and VOLVO (also members of EUCAR, suppliers VALEO, BOSCH, JOHNSON MATTHEY and JSR MICRO (CLEPA), leading Enigineering and Technology Companies/organization and Universities with TNO, FRAUNHOFER and VUB (EARPA). The majority are also active members of ERTRAC and EGVIA. The overall objectives of the ORCA project are: Reduce the TCO to the same diesel vehicle TCO level, targeting over 10% system cost premium reduction compared to actual IVECO hybrid bus and VOLVO conventional truck with the same performances, same functionalities and operative cost, and also targeting up to 10% rechargeable energy storage (RES) lifetime/energy throughput improvement; Improve the hybrid powertrain efficiency up to 5% compared to actual IVECO hybrid bus and conventional truck through optimized RES selection & sizing and by improving the energy and ICE management; Reduce the fuel consumption by 40% compared to an equivalent conventional HD vehicle (bus & truck); Downsize the ICE by at least 50% compared to actual IVECO hybrid bus and VOLVO conventional truck; Improve the electric range from 10km to 30km by adding the PHEV capabilities and optimising the RES capacity; Case study assessment to replace a diesel engine by a CNG engine for future heavy-duty vehicles.

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Effective sensors are needed to identify changes inside a battery that lead to degradation and failure. The EU-funded SPARTACUS project aims to devlop cost-effective sensors that detect degradation and failure mechanisms before the battery's loss of performance. Temperature sensors, as well as mechanical and acoustic sensors completed by electrochemical impedance measurement will be developed. The project will correlate sensor data to battery performance and corresponding models. It will continuously monitor the state of different parameters so that the battery can be cycles on an age-dependent optium level. In addition, and advanced battery management system will be developed. Exploiting sensor data, cell monitoring could be improved leading to more efficient and safer batteries without the risk of overheating, fire or explosion.

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In recent years, climate change has shot to the top of the world's agenda. To combat climate change, many new technologies have been developed. Despite this, a certain field has been left largely untouched. The long-haul transport sector is one of the biggest contributors to global warming, the emissions caused by vehicle fuel consumption being one of the most serious threats to the climate. The EU-funded LONGRUN project aims to combat this problem by contributing to the decrease in the pollution caused by heavy-duty vehicles. It plans to do this by developing an assortment of different engines, drivelines and demonstrator vehicles which release fwer emissiions. The end goal is and accelaration of the transition to alternative and renewable fuels.

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Electrochemical reactions in batteries occurring during cycles of charge and discharge cause structural changes in materials leading to drastic reduction in battery performance. Next-generation electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries are expected to degrade on interaction with greater amounts of lithium and thus undergo more drastic structural changes. The EU-funded BAT4EVER project will focus on self-healing mechanisms of the micro-damage and loss of material generated during repetitive cycles of charge and discharge. The project's work will involve extensive material characterisation methods, atomistic modelling of material behaviour and simulation of battery cells. Researchers will then move to the prototype stage, compiling sophisticated cell-processes for validation of the self-healing lithium-ion battery in cell phones through intensive testing.

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FITGEN aims at developing a functionally integrated e-axle ready for implementation in third generation electric vehicles. It is delivered at TRL and MR 7 in all its components and demostrated on an electric vehicle platform designed for the European market (A-segment reference platform). The e-axle is composed of a latest generation Buried-Permanent-Magnet Synchronous Machine, driven by a SiC-inverter and coupled with a high-speed transmission. It is complemented by a DC/DC-converter for high voltage operation of the motor in traction and for enabling superfast charging of the 40kWh battery (120kW-peak) plus an integrated AC/DC on-board charger. The e-axle also includes a breakthrough cooling system shioch combines the water motor/inverter circuit with transmission oil. The FITGEN e-axle delivers significant advances over the 2018 State of the Art: 1) 40% increase of the power density of the e-motor, with operation up to 18,000rpm; 2) 50% increase of the power density of the inverter, thanks to the adoption of SiC-components; 3) affordable super-fast charge capability (120kW-peak) enabled by the DC/DC-converter, integrated with single- or 3-phase AC/DC-charger; 4) increase of the electric driving range from 740 to 1,050km (including 75 mintues of charging time) in real-world freeway driving with the use of auxiliaries. The FITGEN e-axle will enter the market in the year 2023, reaching a production volume target of 200,000 units/year by 2025 and 700,000 units/year by 2030. It is designed to be brand-independent and to fit different segments and configurations of electric vehicles, including hybrids. The FITGEN consortium includes one car-maker and three automotove suppliers for motor, power electronics, and transmission, reproducing the complete supply chain of the e-axle. Their expertise is leveraged by the partnership with research institutions and academia, constituting an ideal setup for strengthening the competiveness of the European automotive industry.

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The current generation of electric vehicles have made significant progress during the recent years, however they have still not achieved the user acceptance needed to support broader mainstream market uptake. These vehicles are generally still too expensive and limited in range to be used as the first car for a typical family. Long charging times and uncertainties in rage prediction are common as further barriers to broader market success. For this reason the CEVOLVER project takes a user-centric approach to create battery-electric vehicles that are usable for comfortable long day trips whilst the installed battery is dimensioned fo affordability. Furthermore the vehicles will be designed to tak advantage of future improvements in the fast-charging infrastructure that many countries ar now planning. CEVOLVER tackles the challeng by making improvements in the vehicle itself to reduce energy consumption as well as maximizing the usage of connectivity for further optimization of both component and system design, as well as control and operating strategies. This will encompass measures that range from the onboard thermal management and vehicle energy management systems, to connectivity that supports range-prediction as a key element for eco-driving and eco-routing driver assistance. Within the project it will be demonstrated that long-trip are achievable even withour further increased in battery size that would lead to higher cost. The driver is guided to fast-charging infrastructure along the route that ensures sufficient charging power is a available along the route in order to complete the trip with only minimal additional time needed for the overall trip. The efficient tranferability of the results to further vehicles is ensured by adopting a methodology that proves the benefit with an early assessment approach before implementation in OEM demonstrator vehicles.

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Strong efforts would be required to drastically reduce the fossil dependency and the CO2 emissions reductions in the transport sector, in line the 2011 White paper on Transport - i.e. a 20% reduction in the CO2 emissions by 2030 (relative to 2008 levels) and e 60% reduction by 2050 (relative to 1990 levels). Electrification of the transport sector offers EU the opportunity to achieve these long term targets. The larger automotive industry have recognized the potential of electric vehicles (EVs) and there are large strides planned in building electric charging infrastructure - as announces by E.ON and lonity about their investment plans for ultra-fat charging infrastructure. Right now, there's no EV that can accept this charge rate, but several automakers are working on electric cars able to accept that kind of power. SELFIE makes its biggest impact here, ensuring that EVs, in the not so distant future, are able to accept this high charge rate without reduction on battery lifetime, and to store the energy effiently in their batteries with minimal loss. The overall objective is to devlop and demonstrate a novel self-sustained compact battery system, consisting of: 1) A smart modular battery pack, which jas excellent internal thermal conductivity properties, a refrigerant cooling system and thermal storage system (heat buffer) capable to absorb excess heat due to fast charging, and which is thoroughly insulated from the outside; 2) And advanced battery thermal management system capable to keep the battery temperature effectively within the optimal window and to prevent overheating (and battery degradation) due to fast charging. SELFIE will significantly increase user acceptance of EVs by enabling fast-charging; offering significant cost redustion and elimination of range anxiety compared to other propulsion technologies.

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For Europe to reach its climate-neutral goals by 2050, the developmentt of new sustainable battery materials is paramount. The EU-funded BATTERY 2030+ project aims to work on the batteries of the future leveraging the development of breakthorugh technologies. It is expected that the project will enable long-lasting European leadership in markets such as road transport and stationary energy storage, and in future applications such as robotics, aerospace, medical devices and the Internet of Things. To achieve this long-term vision, the project will develop a roadmpa and propose guidelines for data sharing, standardisation of protocols as well as modelling methods and tools.

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As the impact of global warming becomes increasingly clear, the environmental impact of conventional fossil-fueled vehicles is undergoing close scrutiny by authorities and the public; correspondingly electric vehicles and electrified transportation are emerging as the only sustainable alternative to preserving the enevironment and guaranteeing the mobility needs of the future. Although the switch from conventional to EV represents a major challenge for the automotive industry, with significant obstacles still to be overcome, it also represents a major market and employment opportunity for all the supply chain. Specifically, before their mass deployment can become a reality, it is crucil to guarantee that the real operational performance, safety, reliability, durability and affordability of EVs attatin at least the same level as conventional vehicles. Current, state-of-the-art EVs do not reach these targets due to limited technical maturity of key components (eg batteries) and limited available know-how and tools, also in the area of testing and simulation. Today industrial R&D must focus on bringing new, improved mass-production compliant vehicles to the market rapidly, implementing advanced components and architectures for higher operational efficiency: In this context, the OBELICS project address the urgent need for new tools to enable the multi-level modelling and testing of EV and their components in order to deliver more efficient vehicle designs faster while supporting modularity to enbale mass production and hence improved affordability. OBELICS aims for a step change in the performance (target: +20%), safety (target: + factor 10) and lifetime (target: +30%, i.e. from 100,000 km/8years to 130,000 km/11 years) of e-drivetrains and the development time (target: -40%, i.e. from 5 years to 3 years) and efforts (target: -50%, i.e. from 100 fte and 30 million euro to 50 fte and 15 million euro).

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A lifetime of 4000 cycles at 80% DOD and an energy density of 250 Wh/kg is a target for automotive batteries. The Batteries2020 project takes several steps to increase lifetime and energy density of large format lithium ion batteries towards these goals. Our approach is based on three parallel strategies: 1) highly focused materials development; 2) understanding ageing and degradation phenomena; and, 3) routes to reduce battery cost. We will improve cathode materials based on nickel/manganese/cobalt (NMC) oxides. Such materials have a high chance to be up-sclaed and commercialized near-term. Only then, cell development efforts can be translated from pilot to mass production, a prerequisite for qualification in the automotive industry. We will start with state of the art cells and will develop two improved generations of NMC materials and cells towards high performance, high stability and cycleability. A deep understanding of ageing phenomena and degradation mechanisms can help  to identify critical parameters that affect lifetime battery performance. This identification helps effectively improving materials, system and the development of materials selection criteria. However, ageing and degradation mechanisms have multiple reasons and are complex. We propose a realistic approach with a combined and well organised Consortium effort towards the devlopment of robust testing methodology which will be improved in several steps. Combined accelerated, real tests, real field data, post-mortem, modelling and validation will provide a thorough understanding of ageing and degradation processes. Battery cost is a major barrier to EV market. Second life use can reduce battery costs. We will analyse the ptotentiality of reusing and recycling batterie for providing economic viable project outputs. 

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The LBATTS project is aimed at the optimization of energy storage systems throug weight reduction thorugh the use of lightweight innovative materials such as advanced "phase change materials" (PCM) on the one hand and optimized thermal management by introducing heat buffering in these materials on the other. This will lead to increased performance and return. These developments benefit a wide target group of Flemish companie that develop, install or use electrical energy storage systems.

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The overall aim of ELIPTIC is to develop new use concepts and business cases to optimise existing electric infrastructure and rolling stock, saving both money and energy. ELIPTIC will advocate electric public transport sector at the political level and help develop political support for the electrification of public transport across Europe. ELIPTIC looks at three thematic pillars: 1) Safe integration of ebuses into existing electric PT infrastructure through (re)charging ebuses 'en route', upgrading trolleybus networks with battery buses or trolleyhyrbids and automatic wiring/de-wiring technology; 2) Upgrading and/or regenerating electric public transport systems (flywheel, reversible substations); 3) Multi-purpose use of electric public transport infrastructure: safe (re)charging of non-public transport vehicles (pedelecs, electric cars/taxis, utitlity trucks). With a strong focus on end users, ELIPTIC will analyse 23 use cases within the three thematic pillars. The project will support uptakr and exploitation of results by developing guidelines and tools for implementation schemes for upgrading and/or regenerating electric public transport systems. Option generator and decision-making support tools, strategies and policy recommendations will be created to foster Europe-wide take up and rollout of various development schemes. Partners and other cities will benefit from ELIPTIC's stakeholder and user forum approach. ELIPTIC addresses the challenge of "transforming the use of conventionally fuelled vehicles in urben areas" by focusing on increasing the capacity of electric public transport, reducing the need for individual travel in urban areas and by expanding electric intermodal options (e.g. linking e-cars charging to tram infrastructure) for long-distance commuters. Yhe project will strengthen the role of electric public transport, leading to both a significant reduction in fossil fuel consumption and to an improvement in air quality through reduced local emissions.

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The FiveVB project will develop a new cell technology based on innovative materials such as high capacity anodes, high voltag cathodes and stable, safe and environmentally friendly electrolytes. Since main European industry partners representing the value chain from materials supplier to car manufacturer are involved, this program will support and enable the development of strong and competitive European battery industry. The multidisciplinary project team will also assure not only early technology integration between materials, cells, batteries and application requirements, but also a subsequent industrialization of the developed technology. With an integrated trans-disciplinary cell development approach we will also realize an early feedbcaj loop from battery and vehicle level to material suppliers and a feed-forward of relevant information to industrial scale cell production. Through an iterative and holistic approach two generations of cell chemistries (anode, cathode, binder and electrolyte) will be ebaluated and optimized to improve electrochemical performance of active materials and related new cell technology in terms of energy density, lifetime, safety and costs. Furthermore, we will address early development and validation of test procedures for the reduction of development time from material to cell by e.g. accelerated test procedures. Among other objective, in particular the lifetime and aging aspects will be addressed in depth in FiveVB, but also input for future European and International standardization will be provided. Thus one major result of FiveVB is a hard case prismatic cell in PHEV1 format, developed according to automotive requirements and produced on a representative prototype facility.

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SyrNemo is an innovative synchronous reluctance machine (SYRM) with higher power density and higher driving cycle efficiency at lower cost that state of the art permanent magnet (PM) synchronous machines. The mass and volume specific power densities are increased by approximately 5%. This is achieved through an innovative magnetic reluctance rotor design with optional ferrites. Bar windings are used to reduce the required winding space. An integrated liquid cooling circuit is used to cool both the power electronics and the motor to further reduce total mass and volume. The dependency on rare aerth PMs is eliminated by using either no permanent magnets or optional ferrites. The proposed rotor design allows for use of future magnet materials with high energy density once they are available on the market. The proposed SYRM is easy to manufacture, dismantle, and recycle.  This way manufacturing cost can be reduced by 20% and more compared  to PM synchronous machines (PMSMs). Eco-design throughout thet project's duration will ensure minimum environmental and social impact and hidden cost. Due to the simple rotor design the machine is very robust. The insulation system will be designed for a total lifetime of 10 years and 10,000 operating hours to reduce cost. The proposed SYRM has a high efficiency over a wide range of speed and torque. Therefore, the overall driving cycle efficiency of SYRM can be improved by 5-15% compared to PMSMs. The control of the drive will be implemented to achieve the maximum possible efficiency in each operating point incorporating the stator winding temperature. The successful industrialization of synchronous reluctance machine has recently been demonstratef for industrial applications. The proposed synchronous reluctance machine is thus the  most promising  candidate for being the next generation electric motor of full electric vehicles.

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The project BATTLE "BATTery modelling of Lithium chemistries based on an Eclectic approach" addresses the development of a powerful dynamic lithium-ion based battery modelling unit for traction application. This goal can be achieved by developing combining dedicated models, using innovative numerical simulation and experimental methods and through special validation tools. In order to accomplish this, a multidisciplinary academic oriented team, extended with an industrial partner has been composed with strong backgrounds in the field of characterising, modelling, electrochemistry and sytem identification.

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Europe has successfully extended its competencies in key enabling technologies for electric mobility in recent years, especially in the field of information and communication technologies, components and systems. Small and medium size companies have played a crucial role as sources of creativitiy at all stages of the supply chain. Given the new supply chains for electric mobility being established worldwide, many potential target markets are located outside Europe, e.g. in higly innovative regions such as United States, Japan and China or in the emerging countries like India. In light of this situation, a consortium of small and medium size companies and regional clusters, Tier-1 automotive suppliers, and research institutions from all around Europe under the leadership of the European Association of Automotive Suppliers, CLEPA, has developed a proposal for a dedicated Coordination Action entitled "Global Opportunities for Small and Medium Size Companies in Electric Mobility" (GO4SEM). The comprehensive approach is aimed at giving policy advice e.G; on standardization or education, at spreading awareness of global market trends and opportunities, and at triggering the creation of dedicated professional networks. It shall be based on a thorough analysis of the electric mobility supply chains in the United States, Japan, China and India, and on matching with the competencies of small and medium size companies and regional cluster thereof in Euorpe. Eventually, the project will lead single European companies to consider an adaption of their dedicated technology to the requirements of electric mobility markets abroad, and to seizing the related economic opportunities. In a broader sense, the project will strengthen the global competiveness of the European industry being active in the domain of electric mobility by linking the relevant stakeholders, preparing them for, and making them aware of, the opportunities and challenges of the worldwide developments.

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Within the automotive product development cycle virtual and heterogeneous testing is becoming increasingly established through component, module and vehicle-level simulation and Hardware-in-the-Loop test-beds--enabled by ever increasing computing power and communication bandwidt available. Through a number of standards in this field have been established (FMI, ASAM XiL API), models are still mostly created in a fragemented manner: using domain-specific tools to create, manage and execute simulations; no standardisation of the content of the functional interfaces (FMI does standardise the format); limited scalability. This fragmentation leads to a lot of redundant effort as models of the same component or system are re-created several times. HiFi-ELEMENTS will address this fragmentation through two main mechanisms: Firstly, we will develop, validate and publish a recommendation for standardisation of model interfaces for common e-drive components (e-machine, inverter, battery, DC/DC converter, thermal management system), and will implement compliant versions of existing models. Secondly, we will implement a seamless workflow linking extended versions of existing tools- a model/data management tool and a co-simulation tool for MiL and HiL environments- augmented with effort-saving automated methods for model parameterisation and test case generation. Validation of standardised models and workflow will be done in 4 industrially relevent use cased depicting 4 common scenarios in e-drivetrain and EV development. On project conclusion, the interface recommendation and workflow methods will be disseminated in order to gain widespread EV-industry adoption. Consortium partners are very intensive users of virtual testing and will directly use the project results, while tool vendor partners will exploit the results by bringing extended software tool to market.

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With the European Alternative Fuels Observatory (EAFO), the European Commission intends to provide one central point of reference for data, information and news about alternative fuels in Europe, The short-term focus is on battery electric, hybrid and fuel cell vehicles while natural gas and other alternative fuels are be covered in a second stage. The Observatory will support the market development of alternative fuels in the EU and be a key tool for the implementation of Directive 2014/94/EU on the dployment of recharging and refueling stations. The Observatory will integrate all relevant statistical data concercing vehicles and infrastructure, relevant legislation, support and incentives programmes, periodical analyses and general information like news and publication. It will also feature a comprehensive event calandar. The EAFO will also deal with L-category vehicles (LEVs), such as electric bicycles, scooters, motorcycles, quadricycles and other LEVs.