Innovative light vehicles for the Smart City 

Spirit Design is developing smart urban light vehicles in cooperation with other elite European researchers and manufacturers. The European consortium of leading vehicle manufacturers, suppliers and research institutions is developing a comprehensive solution for the next generation of electrified, cost- and energy-efficient light vehicles. The unrivalled modular development approach of the collaborative EU-LIVE (EfficientUrban LIght VEhicles) project will provide a complete range of different electrified powertrains and vehicle bodies with different designs that are cost-efficient and easy to produce. The official kick-off took place in Graz on June 22, 2015, when the project was presented to the public for the first time.

The overall goal of the project is the development and application of a comprehensive, user-centric, European approach for the efficient design, development and production of a whole range of L-category vehicles: the “EU-LIVE Modular Platform”. This modular platform comprises a wide variety of powertrains, car bodies and components within this vehicle category, as well as the integrated co-simulation of the full system including the usage of standardized interfaces from the automotive area. The open design simplifies re-usability and flexibility, as well as the mutual exchange of different vehicle components and systems of all L-category vehicles with a special emphasis on the electrified powertrain. This open design can also be applied to a wide range of vehicle types. Whether they are designs similar to the current market or radically new vehicle designs, the modular EU-LIVE platform provides the solid foundation for quiet, clean, energy-efficient and safe individual mobility in urban areas.

The EU-LIVE project has a total budget of EUR 6.7 million. It is coordinated by the VIRTUAL VEHICLE Research Center in Graz and combines the know-how of 12 partners from six countries, including two large European vehicle manufacturers (PSA Peugeot Citroën, Peugeot Scooters) and numerous renowned suppliers and prestigious research institutions.

At the end of the three-year research project, prototypical demonstrators for a full-fledged plug-in hybrid tricycle, a purely electric motorcycle as well as a concept of a four-wheel vehicle (selected from an “Open Innovation Competition”) will be presented.

Project leader: VIRTUAL VEHICLE Research Center (AT)

12 partners: Peugeot Citroen Automobiles S.A. (FR), Peugeot Scooters (FR), Continental Automotive GmbH (DE), SAMSUNG SDI Battery Systems GmbH (AT), Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Angewandten Forschung E.V. (DE), Mondragon Goi Eskola Politeknikoa J.M.A. (ES), fka Forschungsgesellschaft Kraftfahrwesen mbH Aachen (DE), Spirit Design – Innovation and Brand GmbH (AT), IFP Energies nouvelles (FR), Brembo Spa (IT), Elaphe Pogonske Tehnologije Doo – Elaphe Propulsion Technologies LTD (SI), VIRTUAL VEHICLE Research Center (AT)

6 countries: Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Spain

Here you can read the more detailed press release on the project start >

All details on the project are available on the Website: http://eu-live.eu/

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