Innovative Vehicles & Energy Storage

Innovative Vehicles & Energy Storage

The challenge: Facilitating the introduction of zero-carbon vehicles through demonstrator projects and developing related energy storage systems.

Key technologies of the 2013-2018 performance contract

Electric motors and actuators for electrified vehicles

The development of compact electric motors for the electrification of auxiliary systems and the "mild hybridisation" of most vehicles will open the way for reductions in fuel consumption that will be crucial in reaching the target of 95g of CO/km by 2021.
Electric motors and actuators for electric and hybrid vehicles

Thanks to new mechatronic technologies, including systems to incorporate power electronics into motors and improve heat management, electric motors for electric and hybrid vehicles will perform more efficiently.

Active and passive components incorporated into mechatronic devices

Electronic components have a crucial role to play in the evolution of vehicle electrification. New semi-conductor technologies (SiC/GaN) and the development of passive materials suited to automotive applications will lead to improvements in mechatronic systems.

High-performance materials for mechatronics

New materials are needed for the development of mechatronic systems that are more compact, more energy efficient and more cost effective: alternatives to rare earth elements, film technologies, conductive and insulating phase-change materials, brazing materials, etc.

Robustness and manufacturing

The development of new high-performance mechatronic systems requires the robustness and reliability of products to be guaranteed. It also requires the set-up of processes and facilities that will enable these new devices to be mass-produced.

Work streams of Key Area "Innovative Vehicles & Energy Storage"

STREAM 1 - Components
  • Electrochemical behaviour analysis
  • Supercapacitors
  • Management of embedded multi-source energy systems
  • Battery Management Systems
STREAM 2 - Vehicles
  • Innovative zero-carbon vehicle demonstrators
  • Unicycles, bicycles, tricycles, quadricycles
  • Technico-economic assessment, realism of the solutions proposed
STREAM 3 - Simulation
  • Digital approach
  • Experimental approach