ETI issues Request for Proposals (RfP) seeking partners for a project in the land element of its Heavy Duty Vehicles (HDV) efficiency programme
The project will analyse data on HDV operations to help inform technologies under development by the ETI to improve fuel efficiency
The RfP will close at noon on 10 August; the deadline for notification of intention to submit a proposal is 27 July 2016
The Energy Technologies Institute has issued a call for partners to take part in a new data analysis project in its heavy duty vehicle (HDV) transport programme to inform the work it is undertaking on fuel efficiency.
Earlier work by the ETI has shown that the route, speed, freight load and vehicle configuration of HDVs can all have an impact on which fuel efficiency technologies are the most effective helping to reducing carbon emissions when compared to current HDV production vehicles.
The new project aims to provide new information to inform about the real world usage and performance of on-highway HDVs by analysing vehicle data to produce a characterisation of individual vehicle and vehicle fleets.
If the real world data is not interpreted correctly and properly understood it can hinder decisions which could mean technology improvements do not work as effectively as they should, potentially adding additional costs. “There is a significant opportunity to capture and process real world data as many on-highway fleet operators currently install telematics systems to their vehicles to gain insights into driver behaviour and fuel economy. “By characterising information such as drag coefficient, rolling resistance and tyre pressures and including data on how vehicles are driven we will be able to make the technologies we are developing more effective and of more value to the industry.
The ETI project will be used to inform decisions about technology developments for both new trucks as well as for evaluating the opportunity for retrofit technologies.
This information will then be used to determine if and what gaps are evident between the available data and metrics and those needed to determine the optimum technology selections.
Heavy duty vehicles (HDV) such as shipping, heavy goods vehicles (HGV), construction equipment, and agricultural equipment currently contribute c8% to UKCO2 emissions. Apart from bio-fuels, the low carbon options for replacing fossil fuels as the energy source for HDV applications are limited so fuel efficiency will be increasingly important to the future affordability, security and sustainability of HDV operations in the UK.
The ETI’s HDV Efficiency programme is looking to enable substantial reductions in CO2 emissions across the HDV sector by developing new vehicle concepts and new technologies that will be demonstrated on real vehicles to build confidence for their deployment across the industry. ETI hopes to increase the efficiency of land vehicles and marine vessels by up to 30%.
The request for proposals will close at noon on 10 August; the deadline for notification of intention to submit a proposal is 27 July 2016.