Operating Energy Rack for Full Electric Vehicle

  • Framework: FP7
  • Type: IP
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Category: Electrification (FEV/PHEV)
  • End Date: 28/02/2015
  • Vehicles: Passenger cars
  • Website: http://www.opera4fev.eu/

The OPERA4FEV project aims to develop thermoplastic battery racks on two functional demonstrators: one for a large scale vehicle from FIAT and one for a niche car, the F-City from FAM that will integrate electrical, hydraulic connections and component housing in a thermoplastic approach.

OPERA4FEV will pay particular attention to evaluate the effects of the rack characteristics regarding vehicle crash safety, and will focus on the potential risks for the vehicle and its occupants.

The main issues relative to OPERA4FEV are the integration of cells into the thermoplastic rack; an easier mounting and fast connections of cells; the reduction of assembly time and the improvement of dismantling; 25% cost, 50% number and 30% weight reduction on components (cells excluded); the eco-design and easier end of life based on LCA, the plastics parts design to improve thermal regulation, the use of recycled polymers, a concept proposal adaptable to automotive industry and evaluated with an representative tools and assembly line.