«Operative rack for Full Electric Vehicle» (OPERA4FEV)
Duration: 09/2011 – 02/2016
Budget: 6.814.478 €
Electric vehicles don't just depend on their batteries; the supports where these are housed are also important. Recent research will help to optimize the design of the brackets in order to increase the efficiency of the cars.
The OPERA4FEV project aims to develop thermoplastic battery racks on two functional demonstrators: one for a large scale vehicle from FIAT and one for a niche car, the F-City from FAM that will integrate electrical, hydraulic connections and component housing in a thermoplastic approach.
OPERA4FEV will pay particular attention to evaluate the effects of the rack characteristics regarding vehicle crash safety, and will focus on the potential risks for the vehicle and its occupants.
The main issues relative to OPERA4FEV are the integration of cells into the thermoplastic rack; an easier mounting and fast connections of cells; the reduction of assembly time and the improvement of dismantling; 25% cost, 50% number and 30% weight reduction on components (cells excluded); the eco-design and easier end of life based on LCA, the plastics parts design to improve thermal regulation, the use of recycled polymers, a concept proposal adaptable to automotive industry and evaluated with an representative tools and assembly line.
- MECAPLAST SA (Coordinator) – Monaco
- INSTITUT NATIONAL DES SCIENCES APPLIQUEES DE LYON – France
- VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL – Belgium
- EVE SYSTEM SAS – France
- FAM AUTOMOBILES SAS – France
- OLESA – INDUSTRIAS DE MOLDES SA – Portugal
- CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA – Italy
- REPOL SL – Spain
- MECACORP – France
- INSIA UPM – Spain
- MIA ELECTRIC SAS – France