Europe is not just ready for hybrid vehicles – the continent is pushing the standards

Europe is not just ready for hybrid vehicles – it\’s pushing the standards

Putting the H in Hybrid?

For three years, the project consisted of  developing drive-lines for hybrid vehicles. Now Ecochamps has reported the result – two passenger cars, one bus and two trucks.

With a joint effort, Europe will sharpen its hybrid automotive skills. The target is 20 percent more efficient engines and now a ten percent lower construction cost.

Ecochamps stands for European Competitiveness in Commercial Hybrid and Automotive Powertrain. The consortium consists of 25 partners from eight European countries, linked to the automotive industry – from manufacturers to subcontractors and research institutes. Their work has primarily been about achieving a high level of standardization of components in order to achieve synergies between different vehicle types and thus lowered building costs.

\”Thanks to the use of large-scale components, this technology can help halve the additional cost of hybridization. We hope that this will spread widely and help reduce carbon emissions, \”said Claudi Lehongre, engineer at Renault to Euronews.

The total cost of the project throughout the three years was €28,419,785 with an EU contribution of €21,009,065.

Five new hybrid vehicles in April

In April, Ecochamps was presented with the results of three years\’ work in Amsterdam. Six new technical components and five hybrid vehicles with new driving lines – two passenger cars, a bus for scheduled traffic, and a heavy and one-way truck.

The heavy vehicles have diesel engines and brake regeneration. The electric motor can either drive completely or contribute extra power. The driver can reset operations depending on whether they drive in urban or off road. But developing components that can be shared between different vehicle types has not been easy.

\”The heavy truck, 40-50 tons, has an expected life span of 1.6 million kilometers. The requirements on the components are much higher, picking them from car manufacturers and mounting them in heavy vehicles is a challenge, \”says Bart Lipsch, engineer at Daf to Euronews.

What about competition from elsewhere in the world?

A bus company in the state of Washington was the first to implement 200 kW wireless charging. The system from Momentum Dynamics hit the record just weeks ago – an interesting fact is that it delivers twice as much charge power as the Tesla Supercharger. Impressive, indeed.

Several years ago, Pennsylvania-based Momentum Dynamics promised to deliver 200 kW of wireless charging. Now they have launched their system with a bus company in the state of Washington – and the electric buses in the city of Wenatchee are loaded record-wise. 

I have wrote some weeks ago about Sweden and its steps in making sure that the future is painted green; it looks like Europe is making this a standardized process through the very interesting Ecochamps project – There is no doubt that we\’ll hear more about the vehicles being released and the core specifics of what the project really brings to the table for future European hybrid standards. 
Daniel Vice – Evolvera: always changing, always evolving

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