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Vehicle Integration and Validator Platforms

There are a number of major challenges in designing, testing and manufacturing high volume passenger vehicles incorporating emerging technologies.

Three vehicle teams, with expertise from all partners, undertook the challenge, both virtually and physically, to prove out the technologies and processes developed across the project.

Achievements include:
  • A set of vehicle, system and technology targets for a large saloon concept vehicle
  • A set of vehicle, system and technology targets for a sports utility concept vehicle
  • A set of vehicle, system and technology targets for a small size but high occupancy hybrid electric concept vehicle
  • A suite of new design, information sharing and target setting processes that integrate the complexities of hybrid vehicle development
  • Three virtual validation platforms
  • A physical sports-utility validation vehicle in two variants; all-electric propulsion and hybrid-electric propulsion
  • A safety integration strategy incorporating a whole vehicle FMEA
  • A new systems engineering methodology
  • A set of new vehicle architecture concepts
  • A real world pure electric vehicle drive cycle has been developed from logged Vista EV data


Business Impact – New Products and Processes
For Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC) the objective of this work package was to develop a novel concept based on a vehicle to match the optimum segment identified for an EV and a Range Extended Electric Vehicle (REEV) that has, amongst its objectives, leadership in both aerodynamic performance and occupant package. This concept was the source of targets to the technology workstreams to investigate the maturity of the required technologies and their ability to meet the requirements. Concept development and validation were undertaken primarily in a virtual environment.

Vehicle usage data from Vista EVs participating in the CABLED (Coventry And Birmingham Low Emission Demonstration) Programme was analysed to develop a real world electric vehicle drive cycle used to support vehicle performance target setting. This learning is being implemented on future low carbon vehicle and technology programmes within TMETC.

Ricardo has built and developed two variants of a technology demonstration platform, developed through three key stages of work within the project. Initially, the technology demonstration platform provided technical and physical targets which have been adopted by some of the project activities to provide a focal point for technology development. As a result, the ultimate goal to create a REEV architecture incorporating an advanced auxiliary power unit (a gasoline engine integrated with a generator) developed within the project has been achieved. The inherent flexibility in the mechanical and electrical architecture will provide the basis for ongoing research and development such as enhanced control strategies for HVAC and other systems to further optimise comfort and energy efficiency.

Following completion of its work within the project, Ricardo will continue to evolve the electric vehicle technology demonstration platform through further technological stages to realise the breadth and depth of research and development that Ricardo is investing in within this field.

Technology Demonstration Platform

Lead Partner


Supporting Expertise

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