The winning projects from the Advanced Route to Market Demonstrator (ARMD) Competition received a share of £16.5 million investment, combining public grants and industry contributions. Below, you can find out more about each of these projects.
Nissan Motor Company – Nissan Automated Battery Charging & Optimisation
Nissan will launch a range of electrified vehicles resulting in >50% of sales in Europe being electrified within the next four years, well ahead of the rest of the market. The Nissan Automated Battery Charging and Optimisation (NABCO) project is innovative both commercially and technically. It aims to develop and successfully demonstrate a novel automation of the battery charging process, after assembling diverse modules into battery packs, improving the efficiency of the process and competitiveness of the factory. Newcastle University will research the optimum charging cycle to protect the different battery types in a large and fast moving production line.
Silver Power Systems – Real-time Electrical Digital Twin Operating Platform
SPS and Imperial College will develop digital twins of Electric Vehicle batteries, specific to LEVC and JSC Automotive vehicles, based on state-of-the-art, data-driven, physics informed battery models and cell/ pack specific parameters. Data collected through trials with 50+ LEVC and JSCA vehicles, will be compared with software predictions to enable fine tuning of the models to improve their accuracy.
The Real-time Electrical Digital Twin Operating Platform (REDTOP) will create value for vehicle manufacturers, owners and users, through use of the digital twins to give powerful insights into where battery degradation might occur and enabling accurate prediction of future battery life and performance.
Dolphin N2 – Recuperated Engine – Advanced Route to Market Demonstrator
RE-ARMD accelerates advancement to market readiness demonstration for the Recuperated Split Cycle Engine, a revolutionary heavy duty thermal propulsion system that offers fuel-cell levels of efficiency (55%BTE), near-zero emissions (5% EuVI NOx), and ability to transition to sustainable fuels such as biomethane and hydrogen. The project combines industrial and academic expertise to improve the engine’s efficiency and emissions, and validate a hydrogen combustion system with a unique ability for rapid conversion of a base liquid fuel unit. Outputs are a demonstrator engine, and legacy of improved technology, facilities and virtual tools in readiness for a future APC application and commercialisation.
Bamford Bus Company – Next Generation New Energy Single Deck Bus Technology Demonstrator
This project will deliver a zero-emission EV single-deck concept bus that will offer both battery EV(BEV) and Fuel-Cell EV(FCEV)variants. As well as batteries, the project will test the concept of ultracapacitors and700bar hydrogen FC fuelling system, all options in a modular plug and play fashion.
The concept bus will include typical UK layout options of both one and two-door layouts as well as a three-door option that is more typical for EU and international markets. This concept vehicle is necessary to ensure all project targets are met due to the complexity of both integration and packaging and operator uncertainty.
Electrified Automation – Artificial Intelligence in Stator Manufacturing Solutions
The AIMS project utilises Electrified Automation’s manufacturing solution for permanent magnet electric motors as the foundation to build a game changing stator manufacturing cell that is unrivalled in its cost to produce, flexibility, scalability and ease to adopt by its customers. Horizon Instruments will be responsible for building and delivering the manufacturing cell. To cement the Electrified solution as a true global disruptor, Lightfoot will apply its IP in machine learning with automated decision making powered by AI to provide a world first fully connected manufacturing and supply chain solution.
The Global Vehicle Trust – Electric powertrain demonstration for OX all-terrain truck for developing world markets
The OX has been developed to provide affordable goods transport to developing countries enabled by a digital transport-as-a-service platform. The e-OX project seeks to demonstrate an electric version of the vehicle can be:
ePropelled – Smart efficient electric machine systems
ePropelled Limited is an innovative UK company specialising in magnetic engineering. Its core business is the design and development of electric motors and generators for a wide range of industries. ePropelled has patented a disruptive Electronic Magnetic Gearing (EMG) technology which enhances the performance of a traction motor and batteries in an electric vehicle. In partnership with Embed Limited and Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC), EMG technology is being developed using the latest digital engineering tools and techniques to reach the automotive market as quickly as possible. The consortium will deliver ground breaking electrification efficiency advantages to vehicle users.
Delta Motorsport – TrueREEV
Working with Nottingham University (partner), CRRC (supplier), Johnson Matthey (consultant) and BP(consultant), Delta will accelerate in-vehicle integration and demonstration of its Catalytic Generator by demonstrating a driving Ford Transit REEV vehicle at Cenex-LCV2021, tted with a pre-production 350VCatalytic Generator and an enhanced battery system.
This project will also deliver a more durable and higher-performing Catalytic Generator to meet light commercial vehicle market requirements with optimised propulsion system strategy. Joint research into future alternative fuels will allow the targeting of new markets with appropriate fuels, accelerating the Transition to Zero thanks to the Catalytic Generator’s fuel flexibility.
Empel Systems – Vehicle Demonstrator Showcasing Cost Effective Electrification for Demanding Duty Cycles
This collaborative project will create families of highly efficient, power dense electric motors and energy storage systems to accelerate the production of more cost effective electrified vehicles. The power dense products of this collaboration are exceptionally well suited to sports cars, light commercial vehicles as well as buses & trucks which are operated with dynamic duty cycles and therefore require high power electrification. A light commercial vehicle and sports car system will showcase the collaboratively developed technology at Cenex-LCV2021. The products will eventually enable over 400 jobs to be created and save over 450,000tonnes of CO2 per year.
Lotus Cars – Lightweight Electric Vehicle Architecture
Lightweight Electric Vehicle Architecture (LEVA) is a project led by Lotus, targeting the acceleration of and innovation behind new lightweight structures for next-generation net-zero emissions vehicles. Incorporating cutting-edge UK-based engineering and manufacturing expertise, LEVA will be a showcase for pioneering new BEV chassis and powertrain concepts. Lotus will collaborate with supply chain partner Sarginsons in the development of a state-of-the-art digital twin, adopting high-performance aluminium alloys developed by leading academics from BCAST at Brunel University London.
Ford Motor Company – FCVGen1.0
This project delivers a demonstrator Ford Transit Fuel-Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV). The aim of the project is to reduce the dependency of High Voltage battery power by installing Proton-Exchange Membrane (PEM)Fuel-Cell (FC) system and Hydrogen fuel system. The demonstrator Ford Transit FCEV will offer enhanced customer desired capabilities, above-and-beyond Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV), whilst delivering zero-emissions in a commercial vehicle.
The development approach will utilise state-of-the-art digital engineering tools to simulate and optimise vehicle systems; including performing sensitivity studies. This project will inform Ford and AVL on viability of a FC in Low Carbon Vehicle (LCV) for larger deployment.
Jaguar Land Rover – PREPARE: Propulsion system optimisation through prediction and machine learning
The market for battery electric vehicles is anticipated to grow significantly, with c.51% of 110m+ units being electrified by 2030. The be most successful OEMs will be those who address the critical challenges of improving vehicle range, electric-only driving, and deliver real world benefit over ICE whilst reducing vehicle cost and weight.
The PREPARE project addresses the energy management challenge created by the presence of multiple energy sources; fuel, battery energy and grid energy, and the integration of those into the environment, including Low Emissions Zones. PREPARE will deliver in a novel cloud-based control strategy that learns the energy cost for a given driver travelling through different road objects, predicts the most likely route that will be taken, then uses eHorizon data to predict the energy cost over the route and thus optimally deploy the best source of energy to achieve the lowest emissions and/or total energy use.
PREPARE enables future propulsion system optimisation across all JLR xEV vehicles, and its market application will grow concurrently with JLR’s growth in the xEV arena.