Research Cooperations

Research Cooperations

The three business divisions of AVL continuously invest in massive in-house research programmes. This includes a wide range of RTD cooperations with industry and universities in order to maintain global leadership.

Research cooperations on international level

AVL collaborates with several associations that support the European automotive research landscape. In this context the most relevant are:

  • CLEPA (the automotive supply industry’s association)
  • CONCAWE (Research association of  the European oil industry)
  • EARPA (European Automotive Research Partners Association)
  • EUCAR (Research council of the European automotive manufacturers)

Of particular importance is AVL's participation in European technology platforms:

  • ARTEMIS-IA (industry association for embedded & cyber-physical systems)
  • EGVIA (European Green Vehicle Initiative Association)
  • EPOSS (smart systems integration platform)
  • ERTRAC (European Road Transport Research Advisory Council)
  • FCH (fuel cell and hydrogen)

Further, AVL actively participates in:

  • ASAM (Association for Standardization of Automation and Measuring Systems)
  • AUTOSAR (Automotive Open Systems Architecture partnership)


Research cooperations on national level

The national cooperations are often based on university collaborations and AVL´s memberships in organizations such as:

  • A3PS  (Austrian Agency for Alternative Propulsion Systems)
  • AESIN (UK Automotive Electronic Systems Innovation Network)
  • Automotive Cluster Styria
  • FKG (Vehicle Component Group in Sweden)
  • FVV (German research association for internal combustion engines) and FVA (the equivalent for powertrain research)
  • Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership in the UK
  • Mov'eo, (mobility and automotive R&D competitiveness cluster in France)
  • NMI (National Microelectronics Institute in the UK, supporting  electronic RTD and manufacturing)
  • SafeTRANS (German cluster for embedded systems in transportation)

European research programme projects

Since 1992 AVL List has been active in more than 150 EC-funded RTD projects. A selection of recent project highlights co-financed by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme and the Horizon 2020 Programme is listed below.

Mobility for Growth

“European Assessment of Global Publicly Funded Automotive Research – Targets and Approaches”: EAGAR benchmarked public automotive research activities at international level, in particular the European Union with North America, Japan, South Korea, India, China and selected other emerging economies.
LESSCCV “Large-Eddy Simulation and System simulation to predict Cyclic Combustion Variability in gasoline engines”: LESSCCV exploits the recent possibilities of engine computational fluid dynamics  tools based on Large-Eddy Simulation to fundamentally improve the understanding of cyclic combustion variability in gasoline engines under real operating conditions, and to provide adequate modelling.
REWARD (Real World Advanced Technologies foR Diesel Engines) develops the knowhow, intellectual property rights and technical capabilities to adequately and cost-effectively produce cleaner, highly efficient Diesel powertrains and aftertreatment technologies for class A, B, C, D and E passenger cars and light commercial vehicles up to 3,500 kg that “go beyond Euro 6 limits under Real Driving conditions”.

Green Vehicle Initiative

ASTERICS (Ageing and efficiency Simulation & TEsting under Real world conditions for Innovative electric vehicle Components and Systems) contributes to the reduction of the time-to-market of electrified vehicles by improving modelling and testing tools needed for the development of future FEVs all over Europe. ASTERICS supports the competitiveness of the automotive sector in all related aspects: basic components, integrated components, sub-systems, algorithms, systems and OEMs applications.
FiveVB (Five Volt Lithium Ion Batteries with Silicon Anodes produced for Next Generation Electric Vehicles) develops a new cell technology based on innovative materials such as high capacity anodes, high voltage cathodes and stable, safe and environmentally friendly electrolytes. Two generations of cell chemistries (anode, cathode, binder and electrolyte) are evaluated and optimized to improve electrochemical performance of active materials and related new cell technology in terms of energy density, lifetime, safety and costs. Furthermore, FiveVB addresses early development and validation of test procedures for the reduction of development time from material to cell as well as lifetime and aging aspects.
HDGAS (Heavy Duty Gas Engines integrated into Vehicles) develops and demonstrates advanced powertrain concepts for dual-fuel and for pure natural gas operation engines. It confirms the achievement of Euro VI emissions standards, in-use compliance under real-world driving conditions and GHG targets currently under definition. HDGAS develops all key technologies (LNG fuel system including high pressure tank design, compact and insulation in tank, cryogenic pump, aftertreatment systems), and three engines, as well as new fuel systems, which will be integrated into three demonstration vehicles.
Fuel economy is a key aspect to reduce operating costs and improve efficiency of freight traffic, thus increasing truck competitiveness. The main objective of the IMPERIUM project (“IMplementation of Powertrain control for Economic, low Real driving emIssions and fuel ConsUMption”) is to achieve fuel consumption reduction by 20% (diesel and urea) whilst keeping the vehicle within the legal limits for pollutant emissions.
OpEneR, (“Optimal Energy consumption and Recovery based on a system network”) develops new driving strategies and driver assistance systems that significantly increase the efficiency, driving range, and safety of electric vehicles. This is achieved by merging data from on-board and off-board sources. A particular focus lies on an optimal cooperation between the electric drivetrain and the regenerative braking system, supported by data from radar, video, satellite navigation, car-to-infrastructure and car-to-car systems.
UPGRADE UPGRADE (High Efficient Particulate Free Gasoline Engines) supports the transition to highly efficient, cleaner and affordable powertrain technology systems, based on spark ignited gasoline direct injection, suitable for future Light Duty vehicle applications. The project includes an analysis of the phenomenon of the formation of nanoparticles in relationship to the engine design and its operating conditions and, with regard to the after-treatment solutions, the investigation and development of new gasoline particulate filter technologies.
DIEPER develops advanced diesel engine technologies for passenger cars and Light Commercial Vehicles. These focus on fuel-efficient engine combustion with options such as Variable Compression, reduction of heat losses by thermo-swing wall heat insulation of the combustion chamber and associated thermal management strategies, advanced charging and EGR strategies and will be demonstrated in two vehicles. Targets are > 5% improved fuel economy and pollutant emissions ≤ 50 % of EU 6d. The PN target is to go below 20% of the EU6d limit including particle emissions down to 10 nm in size.

Information and Communication Technologies

EuroCPS is a European network of universities, research organizations and companies, which supports SMEs from any sector to develop innovative CPS products. Via competitive calls for experiments SMEs get access to leading edge technology platforms from industry and support from competency partners. The outcome is to boost and sustain the demand for local manufacturing by improving the European competitiveness.
ICT-Emissions develops a methodology and tool to evaluate the impact of ICT measures on road transport emissions”

Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions

BATWOMAN (Basic Acoustics Training - & Workprogram On Methodologies for Acoustics - Network) is a Marie Curie Initial Training action, which aims at structuring research training in basic and advanced acoustics and setting up a work program on methodologies for acoustics for skills development in a highly diverse research field offering multiple career options.
CAFE The focus of the research project CAFE is on the development and experimental validation of computational models for cavitating flows, surface erosion damage and material loss. The consortium comprising of leading universities and industry partners investigates cavitation phenomena in different applications, such as diesel injectors, pumps, propellers, etc. hence utilizing synergies between the different research communities. The research activities will further strengthen the capabilities of AVL FIRE in the area of nozzle flow cavitation modelling.
GRESIMO (Best Training for Green and Silent Mobility) is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network. It aims to bring together early career researchers and experienced colleagues from across Europe, covering three key R&D areas for achieving green and silent mobility: Noise, Vibration & Harshness, Light Weight Design, Hybridisation/Electrification.
IPPAD IPPAD (Effect of 4500bar injection pressure and super-critical phase change of surrogate and real-world fuels enriched with additives and powering Diesel engines on soot emissions reduction). Within the frame of the IPPAD project the reduction of soot emissions from Diesel engines will be explored by utilizing high injection pressure, engine operation at supercritical conditions relative to the fuels' critical point and additives that improve atomization and reduce pollutant formation. The focus of AVL’s activities is on the development of advanced models and methods for simulating multicomponent fuel phenomena for injector nozzle flows, spray formation / propagation as well as combustion and emission formation under diesel engine conditions adopting its multi-physics 3D-CFD software AVL FIRE.


FlexiFuel-SOFC (Development of a new and highly efficient micro-scale CHP system based on fuel-flexible gasification) develops an  innovative highly efficient and fuel flexible micro-scale biomass CHP technology consisting of a small-scale fixed-bed updraft gasifier, a compact gas cleaning system and a SOFC in the power range of 50 kWth.
HiEff-BioPower HiEff-BioPower (Development of a new highly efficient and fuel flexible CHP technology based on fixed-bed updraft biomass gasification and a SOFC) develops an innovative highly efficient and fuel flexible micro-scale biomass Combined Heat and Power technology consisting of a small-scale fixed-bed updraft gasifier, a compact gas cleaning system and a solid oxide fuel cell in the power range of 1-10 MWth.

Future Emerging Technologies

Mont-Blanc 3 (European scalable and power efficient HPC platform based on low-power embedded technology). The main target of the Montblanc 3 project is the creation of a new high-end High Performance Computing platform that is able to deliver a new level of performance / energy ratio whilst executing real industrial applications. AVL AST contributes with the specification and provision of selected high-end IC-engine related use-cases and will benefit from the performance analysis tools provided by the partners. The project related activities will further strengthen the high-performance capabilities of AVL FIRE and AVL EXCITE.

Joint Undertaking Fuel Cell and Hydrogen

COMPASS Within COMPASS (Competitive Auxiliary Power Units for vehicles based on metal supported stack technology) an advanced APU system is being developed, integrated into a concept vehicle and validated. This is the first attempt to integrate SOFC based APUs into electrical powertrains to solve the two major bottlenecks of EVs for widespread market acceptance: range and recharge time.
The main objective of DESTA is the demonstration of the first European Solid Oxide Fuel CellAuxiliary Power Unit for trucks.
The PROSOFC project aims at improving the robustness, manufacturability, efficiency and cost of state-of-the-art SOFC stacks so as to reach market entry requirements.

Joint Undertaking ECSEL

3CCAR (Integrated Components for Complexity Control in affordable electrified cars) aims to address the vehicle control architecture and its subsystems in order to achieve the next level of efficiency. Therefore 3Ccar is working on advanced system designs with high local smartness (computing power, sensing abilities, modularity) and far extended network bandwidth to enable smart system partitioning. In consequence the system complexity of EVs is going to be reduced with positive effects on costs as well as maintenance, monitoring and update functionalities.
The project DEWI (Dependable Embedded Wireless Infrastructure) focuses on the development of wireless sensor networks, communication and applications.
The objective of EMC2 (Embedded Multi-Core for Mixed Criticality) is to establish Multi-Core technology in all relevant Embedded Systems domains.
ENABLES3 (European Initiative to Enable Validation for Highly Automated Safe and Secure Systems) is industry-driven and aspires to substitute today’s cost-intensive validation and verification of highly automated systems by providing a modular comprehensive V&V platform. This will significantly raise the level of dependability of automated systems and minimize the risk of design or implementation faults.
SCOTT – Secure COnnected Trustable Things - is a European research project with 57 key partners from 12 countries (EU and Brazil), with a vision of building trust in the Internet of Things.
Productive 4.0 shall push forward digitizing the European industry by electronics and ICT. Ultimately, the project aims at suitability for everyday application across all industrial sectors. It addresses various industrial domains with one single approach of digitalization, in a holistic system approach of consistently focusing on the three main pillars: digital automation, supply chain networks and product lifecycle management. Productive4.0 was selected as an ECSEL lighthouse project on Digital Industry.

Joint Undertaking Rail

FFL4E The FFL4E project (Future Freight Locomotive for Europe) develops key technologies for future energy efficient freight locomotives, allowing highest operational flexibility and providing attractive and competitive rail freight services to the final customer.