E-VOLVE Cluster Newsletter 06/24

Here it is: the next edition of the E-VOLVE Cluster Newsletter. We are proud to introduce two new members and have had many projects at the TRA 2024. Also, the cluster member RHODaS has released two deliverables. Have fun with this issue and we hope you have a nice and relaxing summer!

May we introduce … the MINDED project

MINDED addresses in full the “expected outcome” and “scope” of the HORIZON-CL5-2023-D5-01-01 topic by delivering a battery electric IVECO eDaily minibus with 20% improved range at 0°C against the 2023 baseline. This is achieved by introducing a highly efficient heating system based on infrared (IR) panels, controlled by a novel user-centric HMI, embedding an optimised thermal and energy management strategy (TEMS) for improved comfort and reduced energy consumption. These activities are complemented with the demonstration of a new HVAC unit based on a heat pump, capable of reducing the vehicle’s cooling energy requirements by 15% against the baseline, while leveraging the efforts made on the HMI and TEMS. To do so, MINDED encompasses 10 Technology Bricks, organised in three AREAs:

  • AREA I: Heating and Cooling System, including (1) IR heating panels, (2) thermal cabin insulation, (3) a thermal mannequin for evaluating passenger comfort, (4) the optimised HVAC unit featuring an e-compressor with gas bearings, (5) the required ECUs, and (6) the user-centric HMI.
  • AREA II: Digital Twin and Control Strategy, including (7) a new digital twin model, (8) an AI-based algorithm for predicting driving behaviour, (9) the TEMS, and (10) a comfort control strategy for determining optimal settings.
  • AREA III: Demonstration and Performance Evaluation, demonstrating the IVECO eDaily minibus on the dynamometer at TRL7 and the HVAC unit on the ThermoLab testbed at TRL6.

Beyond the range improvement, MINDED demonstrates a cost reduction of 5% at vehicle level from simplified systems’ installation and reduced battery requirements, and a development time reduction of 30% achieved using the digital twin model and AI. The project generates its primary impact in the bus and minibus vehicle segments, with the MINDED Technology Bricks expected to equip 75% of the IVECO bus fleet by 2035, while delivering technologies exploitable in the medium/heavy commercial electric vehicles market.

Welcome to the Cluster! We’re very much looking forward to the cooperation.

WELCOME to the Cluster: SmartCorners

Started on first of January 2024, SmartCorners is one of the newest members to the E-VOLVE cluster we are happy to welcome and present. 


In-wheel motors (IWMs) have become a mature technology that is well-suited for new user-centric electric vehicles (EVs). IWMs can be integrated in multi-functional and controllable modules consisting of the electric powertrain, friction brake and suspension/steering actuation. By combining several vehicle functionalities in a compact solution, the modules offer substantial opportunities to enhance the design and the operation of EVs. This is the starting point of the SmartCorners project. Using machine learning and AI, an adaptive multilayer control strategy will be implemented with historical and current data from the vehicle, its environment, and users, including relevant EV fleets. This approach will pave the way toward software-defined vehicles, ena-bling rightsizing, holistic optimisation, innovative fault mitigation and actuator allocation strategies as well as more efficient, adaptive, predictive, and personalised system operation. 

SmartCorners will bring a so far unexplored authority level over: 
i) vehicle design, through skateboard-like chassis configurations; 
ii) energy management aspects, covering pre-conditioning and predictive thermal management during EV operation; 
iii) comfort and functional aspects, in terms of user-centric cabin thermal management, and pre-emptive vehicle body control; and 
iv) dismantling process and recycling of the vehicle. 

The development and industrialization of the project outcomes will be accelerated by comprehensive and integrated simulation, design and validation methodologies to decrease development time and cost, and support the uptake of AI-based solutions. In conclusion, SmartCorners will provide a significant competitive advantage of the European industry and contribute to achieve key strategic orientations C and A of the EU Strategic Plan.

The project is coordinated by AVL DiTEST, Communication and Dissemination lead is with Armengaud Innovate GmbH. Supported by CINEA – European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency, the project is contributing to the goals of 2Zero 

To learn more about the project, follow their activities on LinkedIn and visit the website.

E-VOLVE Cluster Newsletter 03/24

It is time for the first issue of the E-VOLVE Cluster newsletter in the year 2024. This issue holds information about new cluster members, conferences and our upcoming webinar. We hope you enjoy it!

HiPE released its first newsletter

The 𝙃𝙞𝙋𝙀 project released their first project newsletter.

You can get an overview of the project’s vision, mission, objectives and partners and also get an update on accomplished milestones. You can find out how the project has been making a positive impact in the field of WBG-based power electronics solutions. Also, there will be some insights on the plans and visions of the second year of the project.

Find the full newsletter here!

New paper published by Multi-Moby

Our partner project Multi-Moby has published a paper in a top journal on “IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics” titled “On Antilock Braking Systems with Road Preview through Nonlinear Model Predictive Control”.

Be sure to check out this link to get access to the full paper.

EM-TECH was part of a joint webinar

The EM-TECH project had the chance to be part of an online webinar together with the projects  MAXIMAVOLTCAR and HEFT on the topic of “Sustainable Drives: Exploring Innovations in Green Vehicle Propulsion”.

In case you missed the event, check out the project’s news to rewatch all the presentations:

E-VOLVE Cluster Newsletter #12

Ready for some updates? Here is our latest newsletter with all that has been happening in the projects. Many projects participated in different conferences and some reports have been submitted.

Also, don’t forget to check out all the events coming up in the next months!

E-VOLVE Cluster Newsletter #11

July brought some events that have taken place and some interesting deliverables that let us look more into the work that is going on in the projects. Be sure to check all the links to the information and the projects to keep up to date. 

E-VOLVE Cluster Newsletter #10

This issue deals with the many project meetings that have taken place and you can learn more about how some projects are progressing.