TRANSFORMERS Newsletter #4

On behalf of the TRANSFORMERS consortium I am pleased to present the fourth edition of the project Newsletter. The TRANSFORMERS consortium are developing and demonstrating 2 innovate semi-trailers; an energy efficiency (HoD) trailer and a load  optimisation trailer. This edition focuses on the key innovations in the energy efficiency trailer including the aerodynamic optimisation of the overall vehicle combination, and the  trailer mounted “Hybrid  on  demand” electric driveline.

From September 2016 the TRANSFORMERS energy efficiency and load optimisation trailers will be seen on roads across Europe. The improvements offered by the energy efficiency trailer will be measured by Volvo on representative long haul routes across Sweden, before being transferred to the Netherlands where DAF will undertake further measurements. The load optimisation trailer will be  tested by Procter & Gamble along key trans-European routes.

"Paul Adams,VOLVO, TRANSFORMERS Project Coordinator"

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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