IMplementationof Powertrain control for Economic, low Real driving emIssions and fuel ConsUMption

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Fuel economy is a key aspect to reduce operating costs and improve efficiency of freight traffic, thus increasing truck competitiveness.

Under the coordination of AVL, the main objective of the IMPERIUM project is to achieve fuel consumption reduction up to 20% (diesel and urea) whilst keeping the vehicle within the legal limits for pollutant emissions.

The IMPERIUM consortium, regrouping major European actors, is responsible for 45% of the heavy duty vehicles manufactured in the EU and is able to provide a 100% European value chain for the development of future powertrain control strategies for trucks.

Term 09/2016 - 08/2019
Call H2020 GV-06-2015


IMPERIUM's main innovations and targeted key results are:

Objective 1: Development of a methodology and simulation environment for assessing the performance of HD trucks in real-driving conditions

Objective 2: Development of Dynamic eHorizon system for Heavy Duty trucks

Objective 3: Three advanced fuel efficient Heavy Duty Demonstrators, each integrating eHorizon and providing different approaches of Vehicle Control Units and powertrain configurations

  • Long haulage heavy duty application – DAF with focus on predictive powertrain supervisor, predictive engine control and predictive waste heat recovery
  • Long haulage heavy duty application – IVECO with focus on energy management supervisor, engine control, micro-hybrid and smart auxiliaries
  • Long haulage heavy duty application – VOLVO with focus on integrated powertrain control and model-based engine control with mission adaptation

Objective 4: Analysis and validation of the project outcomes by means of in-vehicle fuel consumption and emissions measurements integrated into the proposed simulation environment



Truck manufacturers DAF Trucks N.V., IVECO, FPT Motorenforschung AG, Volvo Technology AB
Suppliers AVL List GmbH, Ricardo UK Ltd, Continental Automotive GmbH, FEV GmbH, Honeywell, Robert Bosch GmbH
Academia Chalmers University, CTU Prague, RWTH Aachen University, Politecnico di Torino, Politecnico di Milano, Technical University Eindhoven




The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Community's Horizon 2020 Programme under grant agreement No. 713783 (IMPERIUM).