Even though hybrid passenger cars are already in production, their market penetration is still relatively low and limited to certain vehicle classes. To increase user interest in hybrid vehicles, the ECOCHAMPS project aims to extend their functionality while minimising their cost premium.
The overall objective of the ECOCHAMPS project is to achieve efficient, compact, low weight, robust and cost effective hybrid powertrains for both passenger cars and commercial vehicles (buses, medium duty and heavy duty trucks) with increased functionality, improved performance, comfort, functional safety and emission levels below Euro 6 or VI.
The targeted achievements of ECOCHAMPS are to:
– Improve powertrain efficiency by up to 20% during representative operation
– Reduce powertrain weight and volume by up to 20%
– Reduce hybrid vehicles costs, targeting a 10% maximum cost premium
ECOCHAMPS will enable a leading European position in hybrid technology.