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MOBI receives over 2 million euro EU funding for battery and powertrain research in heavy duty vehicles

The ORCA (Optimised Real-world Cost-Competitive Modular Hybrid Architecture for Heavy Duty Vehicle) consortium will receive 8,3 million euro Horizon 2020 funding. Over 2 million euro goes to MOBI-VUB and its Battery Innovation Centre. ORCA has the ambitious goal to develop an IVECO multimodal hybrid bus and VOLVO distribution hybrid truck which consume 40% less fuel, while costing no more than a conventional diesel powered truck or bus. Achieving this goal at affordable cost will significantly strengthen the European technical and technological leadership in the value chain of heavy-duty vehicles.

Thanks to MOBI’s multidisciplinary expertise, MOBI is able to support this project in the development of the energy storage system, the drive system and power converters, optimised energy management, as well as an optimised Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and minimal environmental Life Cycle impacts (LCA).

It is foreseen that the technology will be ready for its first market introduction between 2021 and 2022.