TRANSFORMERS Final Conference

The TRANSFORMERS team held the project’s very successful Final Conference at the Volvo Trucks Experience Centre in Gothenburg on 29th June 2017 (below the agenda is to be found; figure 9). The conference was attended by almost 100 people from 50 different organisations from across Europe and beyond, representing all sides of the road transport industry.

The full day event presented the two TRANSFORMERS demonstrators, the Load Optimisation and Energy Efficiency Trailers that have been developed and tested within the project and included a range of innovations to improve transport efficiency. By looking at the tractor/semi-trailer combination holistically to reduce overall fuel consumption while in parallel improving load efficiency, TRANSFORMERS targeted, and achieved, a 25% energy consumption reduction per tonne.km of goods transported in real world scenarios within the existing European regulatory framework. This reduction was without significant affect on the road infrastructure.

The various presentations explained the background to the project, explained the innovations incorporated into the trailer, and the results that were achieved.

The day ended with a key note speech by the Chief Technology Officer of Volvo Group, Lars Stenqvist, followed by a lively panel discussion.

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Figure 1: Inspiring key note speach by Lars Stenqvist 
 Figure 2: Panel discussion in front of the demonstrator vehicles

Some impressions of the day:

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Figure 3: The audience is listening intently 
 Figure 4: The demonstrator vehicles 'behind stage'
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Figure 5: Interactive breaks during the day
 Figure 6: Explanations to interested attendees
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Figure 7: Happy faces at the networking reception afterwards
 Figure 8: The TRANSFORMERS Consortium which made all of this happen


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Figure 9: The agenda of the day


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