The TRANSFORMERS project has succesfully come to an end [August 2017]

The TRANSFORMERS project has been flagged a "success story" by the European Commission!

  1. Read all about the TRANSFORMERS achievements in the Final Public Report (download).

  2. The Schmitz Cargobull -TRANSFORMERS- HoD Trailer has been awarded with the European Transport Award for Sustainability 2018, issued by the newspaper 'Transport'. To read the German article click here.

  3. The TRANSFORMERS Final Conference was held at 29 June 2017 at VOLVO premises in Gothenburg, Sweden. At the TRANSFORMERS Final Conference the innovations, the achieved results and the vision for the future have been shared with the public. Find here the conference proceedings.

  4. The TRANSFORMERS results are being used in the AEROFLEX project. AEROFLEX is an acronym for: Aerodynamic and Flexible Trucks for Next Generation of Long Distance Road Transport. 


Results of the TRANSFORMERS project


About the TRANSFORMERS project


In the TRANSFORMERS project innovative and energy efficient trucks and load carriers are being developed and demonstrated.
These trucks and carriers are meant for long distance transport assignments with an improved load efficiency leading to an overall 25% less energy consumption on a t.km basis and a lower impact on the road infrastructure.

  • Hybrid-on-Demand Driveline for Truck-trailer Combination
  • Vehicle aerodynamic measures
  • Innovative loading efficiency measures

Today trucks and load carriers are designed and optimised towards a limited variance set of usage and for maximum payload. In the future there will be an increasing need for optimized load efficiency for each mission of a truck, and for optimizing the freight carried on a finite length of road.





HoD Trailer awarded [SCB]
TRANSFORMERS Final Conference


Facts & Figures

  • Full name: Configurable and Adaptable Trucks and Trailers for Optimal Transport Efficiency
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Start date: 1 September 2013
  • Total budget: 7.9 M€
  • EC Funding: 5.2 M€


  • Develop and demonstrate Hybrid-on-Demand Driveline for Truck-trailer Combination
  • Develop innovative complete vehicle aerodynamic measures
  • Develop innovative loading efficiency measures