The OptiMoRE project takes on the challenge to develop and optimize the concept of the fully integrated, range-extended, electrified light duty vehicle. Three different Range Extender (RE) concepts will be developed and demonstrated to serve the niches from city vehicles, medium sized passenger cars up to light commercial vehicles.
Worldwide, there is a strong trend towards highly efficient, low (preferably zero) emission vehicles, i.e. electrical vehicles. In order to facilitate the transition from conventional fuel-driven vehicles towards electrically driven vehicles, there is a short(er) term need for advanced electrical vehicles with range extenders and/or advanced plug-in hybrids.
a. City compact Electric Vehicle, with a rotary engine (2020+).
b. Family Electric Vehicle either as Fuel electric vehicle (FEV) or EV-RE with a 3 cyl engine modular)(2020+).
c. Light commercial Electric vehicle 2 cyl engine (2015+).
It is safe to say that OPTIMORE has an impact in accelerating the sales in both EV and PHEV markets with a focus on sub - compact passenger cars and light duty commercial vehicles. The reason for focussing also on this particular segment is the expected dramatic increase of freight transport inside high concentration urban areas during the next decade. For its specific mission profile this kind of vehicle can, of course, get the maximum benefit from the electric driving mode while the Range Extender approach will supply a higher flexibility in terms of fleet management.
Market introduction of RE BEV’s will be accelerated directly by the OPTIMORE auto manufacturers Volvo Cars and the FIAT group (represented by IVECO) but also through the RE engineering in the AVL group. Obviously, both exploitation routes will have beneficial effects on Europe’s automotive industry in terms of competitiveness and employment Read more about the results and achievements www.optimore-project.eu/downloads
Driving cycles for robust optimization of range extender vehicles (download deliverable 6.1)
A method has been developed which can be used to select relevant driving cycles for several possible design situations:
The method has been implemented in Matlab and it is available as a ready-to-use tool. The tool allows for a fast modification of the input parameters, which facilitates performing robustness analysis of how the results change when varying the input parameters (e.g. battery price, number of vehicle niches).
In the figure below the trip distributions of all drivers are shown. The colors indicate preferred AER.
Duration 24 Months
Start October 2012
DG / Unit Research / H4 -SST
Contract n° FP7-SST-2012-314252
Coordinator Theodor Sams - AVL
Main Partners: AVL, Chalmers, CRF, IVECO, SCHRICK, UNR, VCC, Getrag