Hybrid-EVs and Full-EVs on the market are products where the Internal-Combustion-Engine (ICE) is supplemented by an electricmotor (HEV) or replaced by an all-electric power-train (FEV). Both approaches do not address lightweight or modularity inheriting the same disadvantages as conventional ICEV - Electrification of mobility must face a conceptual rEVOLUTION! This project breaks the paradigm of current Body-in-White (BiW) by delegating the whole structural function to a novel BiW archetype made up of a Multifunctional-Rolling-Chassis (MRC) enabled by a new generation of highly-hybridized structural components and complemented by a non-structural upper-body. This MRC will be the common basis for a family of user friendly vehicles differing by changing only the upper-body according to the customer demand. Advanced materials will enable the development of novel super-lightweight hybrid components complying with safety standards and recycling constraints, and enable the design of the innovative MRC for FEV leading to a further weight reduction of 40% over that achieved using the current state of the art in the SuperLIGHT-CAR project. The EVolution goal is to demonstrate the sustainable production of a 600 kg weight FEV by the end of 2015. To this end EVolution addresses the whole vehicle by prototyping, assembling, and disassembling, the most representative components (MRC, crash cross-beam, crash box, suspension sub-frame, side-door, A-pillar, and a multifunctional-hard-top) made from raw polymers and aluminium alloys commonly used in the automotive industry, to ensure compliance with EC Directive 2000/53/EC ‘End-of life vehicle’ which imposes stringent requirements on the disposal and recycling of motor vehicles. Guaranteeing the safety and regulatory compliance, with a weight saving of 50%, each component chosen will prove, mutatis mutandis, the revolutionary potential of the EV solution in all components employed today in current high volume production.

  • Framework: FP7
  • Type: IP
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Ongoing Date: 31 Oct 2016
  • Vehicles: Passenger cars
  • Technology fields: Aerodynamics, low rolling resistance, advanced materials and design,
  • Project Partners: Aalborg Universitet (Denmark), ABN Pipe Systems SL (Spain), Association pour la Recherche et le Développement des Méthodes et Processus Industriels (France), Centre de Recherche en Aéronautique Asbl – Cenaero (Belgium), Centro Ricerche FIAT SCPA (Italy), CIDAUT (Spain), Dantec Dynamics GmbH (Germany), Dow Europe GmbH (Switzerland), Euro Master Srl (Italy), FPK Lightweight Technologies S. Coop (Spain), Fundación Tecnalia Research and Innovation (Spain), Innovazione Automotive e Metalmeccanica SCRL (Italy), Institutul National de Cercetare Dezvoltare Pentruchimie Si Petrochimie – Icechim Bucuresti (Romania), KGR S.p.A. (Italy), Latvijas Valsts Koksnes Kimijas Instituts (Latvia), Pininfarina (Italy), Pohltec Metalfoam GmbH (Germany), RITOLS (Latvia), Technische Universität Berlin (Germany), Teknologisk Institut (Denmark), Universidad de Valladolid (Spain), Università di Pisa (Italy), University of Patras (Greece), University of Sheffield (United Kingdom),
  • Website: http://evolutionproject.eu/
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