On May 22 and 23, the second General Assembly within the AEROFLEX „Aerodynamic and Flexible Trucks for Next Generation of Long Distance Road Transport“ research project was held in Berlin.
The project’s aim is the development and implementation of novel technologies and concepts that take the entire vehicle into account and that increase its safety, comfort, as well as energy and cost efficiency. At the same time, the different requirements of users and providers in various fields of intermodal freight transport are to be fulfilled through the application of flexibly adaptable solutions.
The key development areas are:
- An Advanced Energy Management Powertrain (AEMPT) architecture and control for distributed electric hybrid powertrains, including a smart steerable dolly,
- A wide range of Aerodynamic Features and devices for the Complete Vehicle, a selection will be made from: Active / passive geometry and Active / passive flow control,
- Smart Loading Units for overall efficiency gains for volume and weight freight,
- A study on Innovative Front End Design to ensure survivability of vulnerable road users in crashes up to 50 km/h.
The consortium consisting of 23 renowned partners from industry, component suppliers and research institutions met at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Berlin in order to discuss the current development status, as well as the state of implementation of the innovations planned within the project. The consortium receives support in these matters from a sounding board consisting of representatives of (European) politics, vehicle industry and the logistics sector.
The Fraunhofer IVI contributed their expertise in the field of hybrid propulsion systems and was responsible for the development of an electric dolly. This dolly helps to reduce CO2 emissions through electric drive support and the recovery of braking energy, as well as to implement autonomous, locally emission-free maneuvering without a conventional tractor unit.
The AEROFLEX project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the grant agreement No 769658