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Research project VISION-xEV with 14 partners from all over Europe

Coordinated by the high-tech company AVL in Graz, Austria


Starting with the beginning of 2019, a consortium of leading European automotive manufacturers, technology providers, universities and research institutions has launched the collaborative research and innovation project VISION-xEV. Funded by the European Commission under the HORIZON 2020 program, 14 partners from all over Europe closely work together in order to establish advanced simulation tools and methods for supporting the time and cost-efficient development of all kinds of future electric and hybrid vehicles with optimized overall energy efficiency. The VISION-xEV consortium is coordinated by the high-tech company AVL List GmbH based in Graz, Austria.


The European automotive industry is currently faced with major challenges, such as meeting the upcoming CO2 fleet emission target of 95g/km and the envisaged further reduction of the CO2 emission limits in the European Union for the period after 2025. In order to successfully master the current and upcoming legislative challenges, further increased electrification and hybridization of the vehicle powertrain is indispensable. The additional electrical components and subsystems adopted for powertrain electrification lead to considerably increased complexity in the development and integration of these into existing vehicle architectures. Furthermore, the introduction of a broad range of new technologies regarding the electric components and related subsystems requires an increased utilization of synergies with technology providers and suppliers to bridge the technological gaps.

The rapid evolution of simulation technology in recent years offers unique opportunities to work at virtual level in order to save time and development costs, both when selecting the optimal configurations and during tests. Using state-of-the-art methods of virtual component development and system integration, the VISION-xEV project investigates how the need for lab and road tests can be reduced by further optimizing and consequently combining the currently available commercial and internal modelling and simulation tools. The activities are aimed at providing the basis for a future electrified and hybrid vehicle powertrain development efficiency gain and related lead time reduction of more than 25% compared to the current state-of-the-art.

The VISION-xEV research and innovation project has a total budget of € 3.9 million and is funded by the European Commission’s HORIZON 2020 program as part of The European Green Vehicles Initiative. The following partners are involved in the VISION-xEV project: AVL List GmbH project coordinator (Austria), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), AVL QPUNKT Deutschland GmbH (Germany), Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy), Centro Ricerche Fiat (Italy), FPT Motorenforschung AG (Switzerland), Kungliga Tekniska Hoegskolan (Sweden), Politecnico di Milano (Italy), Renault SAS (France), Technische Universität Berlin (Germany), Universitat Politécnica de València (Spain), Univerza v Ljubljani (Slovenia), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium), ZF Friedrichshafen (Germany).

With more than 12,200 employees, AVL is one of the world's leading mobility technology companies for development, simulation, and testing in the automotive industry and in other sectors such as rail, marine, and energy. Based on extensive in-house research activities, AVL delivers concepts, technology solutions, methodologies, and development tools for a greener, safer, and better world of mobility and beyond.

AVL supports international partners and customers in their sustainable and digital transformation. The focus lies on the areas of electrification, software, AI and automation. In addition, AVL supports companies in energy-intensive sectors on their way to a greener and more efficient energy generation and supply.

Innovation is AVL's passion. Together with an international network of experts at more than 90 locations and 45 Tech and Engineering Centers worldwide, AVL is driving the future of mobility. In 2023, the company generated a turnover of 2.05 billion Euros, of which 10 % are invested in R&D activities.

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