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Development of efficient and environmentally friendly LONG distance poweRtrain for heavy dUty trucks aNd coaches

Funding European Commission, Horizon 2020, Grant Agreement No. 876972

H2020 LC-GV04-2019


In the heavy-duty long haulage transport sector, the reduction of real driving emissions, fuel consumption and its related CO2 emissions are the main societal challenge. The LONGRUN project will contribute to lower the impacts by developing different engines, drivelines and demonstrator vehicles with over 10% energy savings (Tank to Wheel) and related CO2 reduction, 30% lower exhaust emission and 50% peak thermal efficiency. A second major achievement will be the multiscale simulation framework to support the design and development of efficient powertrains, including hybrids for both long haulage trucks and coaches. All developments, innovations and implementations will be assessed by 22 use cases reflecting all major topics for improvements to contribute to the overall project objectives.

The LONGRUN consortium represents a unique mix of industry-leading expertise and knowledge. The consortium consists of 30 partners from 13 countries and includes world key players in the heavy-duty powertrain and vehicle manufacturing sectors. These constitute the industrial core of the LONGRUN project. Profound experience in all aspects of the research is provided by major European research centers and universities. The consortium has access to and owns experimental and simulation facilities for testing and validation.

The LONGRUN OEMs will develop eight demonstrators in total (three engines, one hybrid driveline, two long-distance coaches and three long haulage trucks); within them technical sub-systems and components will be demonstrated, including electro-hybrid drives, optimised ICEs and after-treatment systems for alternative and renewable fuels, electric motors, smart auxiliaries, on-board energy recuperation and storage devices as well as power electronics. They will include concepts for connected and digitalised fleet management, predictive maintenance and operation in relation to electrification where appropriate, in order to maximise the emissions reduction potential. Altogether, these project outcomes will accelerate the transition from fossil-based fuels to alternative and renewable fuels and to a strong reduction of fossil-based CO2 and air pollutant emissions in Europe.
Period 01/2020 - 06/2023