Efficient vehicles

Efficient Vehicle

CO2 emission is a prime concern in relation to climate change. However the internal combustion engine running on carbon based fuels is expected to be the main propulsion concept for the next 20 years. The prime solution for the foreseeable future is the reduction of fuel consumption. The focus area ’Efficient Vehicle’ targets a 20% increase of the overall efficiency of diesel powered heavy duty vehicles.

This will be realized by significant improvements in the fields of:

Efficient Powertrain

The demand for an efficient and clean vehicle does not only require optimal subsystems like engine, aftertreatment and transmission, but increasingly calls for an integral control approach of the complete Powertrain. Therefore the content of this programme is structured as follows:

Integrated Powertrain Control to optimize the complex interaction of subsystems; a new concept for optimal energy management control a.o. using virtual sensors and navigation information;
Advanced Diesel Combustion focuses on research to optimize the combustion process by new in line sensors and real time control, including supporting technologies and new fuel technology;
Aftertreatment for heavy duty diesel engines. Focus on mapping of full cycle emissions, new catalyst materials, new filter systems and control strategies;
High Efficiency Transmission researches advanced automatic transmissions in combination with heavy duty hybrid traction technology and intelligent system control.

Light Constructions

The programme ‘Light Constructions’ aims to develop technologies for significant weight reductions in specific areas where, besides fuel reduction, there are additional benefits for other vehicle properties like comfort, vehicle dynamics, safety or noise reduction. The programme will also work on production technology for composites to meet automotive requirements and new areas for plastics to replace metals.

Electric Vehicle Technology

Electricity will be an inportant source of energy in the future for cars and light trucks. The Dutch industry aims to contribute to this development with innovations on system technology and vehicle concept to advance energy efficiency and safety.
HTAS currently prepares an additional innovation programme on electric vehicle technology. This will be an exiting extension of the HTAS programme.

Content: Electric drive components and systems
Power management
New optimised E-vehicle layout

A Government grant of the Ministry of Economic Affairs will be applied for.