It is the vision of the ECOCHAMPS consortium to enable a viable business case for hybrid vehicles by extending both their functionality whilst minimising their cost. At the same time the ECOCHAMPS project aims to increase the competitiveness of European vehicle manufacturers and component suppliers by gaining a leading position in hybrid powertrain technology.
The ECOCHAMPS consortium aims to achieve:
- Improved powertrain efficiency up to 20%
- Reduced powertrain weight and volume up to 20%
- Reduced hybrid vehicle costs
The overall concept set out in the ECOCHAMPS project is based on the improvement of hybrid vehicles; light duty (passenger cars and light commercial vehicles) and heavy duty (vans, city buses and trucks).
The improvement proposed will be enabled by a high level of standardisation of components and modularisation of systems as well as from synergies over different vehicle types.