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Configurable and adaptable trucks and trailers for optimal transport efficiency

: Elmer, Marcus; Kyncl, J.; Barbarino, S.; Hariram, A.; Wagner, Sebastian


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers -IEEE-; IEEE Industry Applications Society:
IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo, Asia-Pacific, ITEC Asia-Pacific 2014. Vol.4 : Beijing, China, 31 August - 3 September 2014
Piscataway, NJ: IEEE, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4799-4240-4 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-4799-4239-8
ISBN: 978-1-4799-4238-1
Asia-Pacific Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo <2014, Beijing>
Fraunhofer IVI ()

Today heavy duty trucks are designed and optimized towards a limited variance set of usage and for maximum payload. With European Commission's targets for reducing the consumption of fossil energy resources, increasing transport - and fuel efficiency, future trucks-trailers must be easily adaptable for each freight, load and mission. And during the operation phase, the vehicle combination automatically adjusts itself to the actual driving environment in terms of traffic situation, topology, and payload. The TRANSFORMERS project combines a modular approach for mission rightsizing by means of hybridization, truck engine downsizing and a trailer design that addresses simultaneously aerodynamics and load efficiency improvements. The overall goal is to achieve 25% energy load efficiency (in energy/ in a real world application taking into account the needs to maintain road infrastructure and traffic safety. This paper will give an introduction to the project, pre-standard for a hybrid on demand vehicle and its objectives towards greening surface transport.