European Commission

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 605170



The European Green Cars Initiative

The TRANSFORMERS project is part of the European Green Cars Initiative. This initiative is one of the three Public Private Partnerships (PPP) launched under the FP7 programme on the 26th of November 2008. The objective of the initiative is to support R&D on technologies and infrastructures that are essential for achieving breakthroughs in the use of renewable and non-polluting energy sources, safety and traffic fluidity. Visit the website



ECOeffect project

The aim of the ECOeffect project is to prepare training centres to deliver high quality eco-driving training and to provide them with necessary knowledge and skills. ECOeffect encapsulates a high-standard eco-driving programme combining the latest technology, advanced training techniques and safety behaviour specifically designed for the professional road transport sector.




The NoWaste Project aims to develop this system and demonstrate its feasibility with a test ring
and a vehicle demonstrator.

What will be used in TRANSFORMERS:

  • Definition of a reference mission
  • Validation of the developed system at first on a test rig and then on vehicle demonstrator based on a hybrid
  • Powertrain


 logo_CONVENIENT   Convenient

The objective of CONVENIENT is to achieve complete vehicle energy management by proposing highly innovative solutions for improved efficiency and enhanced integration of components (currently designed independently) which will be developed, integrated and evaluated directly on validator vehicles.

What will be used in TRANSFORMERS:

  • Innovative energy efficient systems: including hybrid transmission
  • Advanced active and passive aerodynamics devices forthe truck and for the semitrailer
  • Energy Management Systems as input to the Holistic simulation studies
  • WP3 framework of Hybrid-on-Demand will use outcome of Convenient




Aims to develop strategies and solutions for overall energy management in vehicles that are characterized7267 by further electrification of auxiliaries.

What will be used in TRANSFORMERS:

  • No specific results are input, however, the simulation activities may use results in the holistic studies


Innovative concepts such as front-end design and active shutters technology have been applied to a Light-Duty (Van) application.

What will be used in TRANSFORMERS:

  • TRANSFORMERS may investigate how this technology can be implemented in long distance haulage trucks


Aim is to develop urban buses and delivery vehicles with advanced second generation of energy efficient hybrid electric power trains, including electric auxiliaries.

What will be used in TRANSFORMERS:

  • TRANSFORMERS may benefit while investigating the potential of hybrid electric driveline for the specific implementation on the trailers for long distance haulage truck.
  • WP3 framework of Hybrid-on-Demand will use outcome of Convenient




MBAT will provide Europe with a new leading-edge Reference Technology Platform (RTP) for effective and cost-reducing validation and verification of Embedded Systems in transportation domain. (ARTEMIS)

What will be used in TRANSFORMERS:

  • Investigation and specification of subsystem interfaces for holistic system considerations
  • To adopt some results on required meta-information of subsystem for seamless integration


The main objective of castor is to integrate an innovative distributed propulsion system on fully electrical vehicles. Future electrical propulsion concepts demand more efficiency and less complexity with great functionality, high robustness and light weight and need to run in a wide ambient temperature range.

What will be used in TRANSFORMERS:

  • TRANSFORMERS will also analyse energy savings concerning aero-dynamic effects in addition to an improved propulsion system
  • Results on the design of the distributed propulsion system may be also possible for the truck-trailer system
  • Trade-off between efficiency, weight and costs of the required components may be useful for the design of the electrification of the trailer




Development of power electronics for power distribution between power cells and energy cells.

What will be used  in TRANSFORMERS:

  • As TRANSFORMERS will have two battery packs per Trailer, a combination of a power pack and a energy pack can be an option for the project. The basis for the power electronics and battery modules might be from the project SuperLIB.


EBSF aims at developing a new generation of urban bus system adapted to the specificities of the European cities. Within EBSF FhG-IVI developed an optimal auxiliary management strategy for various auxiliary systems with minimal vehicle system intervention.

What will be used in TRANSFORMERS:

  • The developed management strategy optimisation tool chain of the EBSF project can be easily adapted to the tasks of the VEMS of the HoD driveline.
  • This includes management algorithms with a predictive management strategy.
  • The findings of lucrative usage of system internal capacities (thermal, electrical, mechanical) for an efficient management of the auxiliary systems inside the ESU and EMG modules can be used inside TRANSFORMERS.


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