Research Cooperations

In order to maintain global leadership in powertrain development as well as instrumentation, test systems and simulation technologies, the three business divisions of AVL continuously invest in massive in-house research programmes.

This includes a wide range of co-operations with industry and more than 50 universities on national and international level.

At a European level AVL collaborates with several associations that support the European automotive research landscape. In this context the most relevant are EARPA (European Automotive Research Partners Association), EUCAR (automotive manufacturers), CONCAWE (fuel industry) and CLEPA (automotive supply industry). Of particular importance is AVL's participation in the European Technology Platforms ERTRAC (road transport), ARTEMIS-IA (embedded & cyber-physical systems), EPOSS (Smart Systems Integration) FCH (fuel cell and hydrogen research) and EGVIA, the European Green Vehicle Initiative.

On international level, AVL actively participates in ASAM, the Association for Standardization of Automation and Measuring Systems, AUTOSAR, the Automotive Open Systems Architecture and others.

The national co-operations are often based on university collaborations and AVL´s memberships in organisations such as the Automotive Cluster Styria, A3PS - the Austrian Agency for Alternative Propulsion Systems, the SafeTRANS cluster about embedded systems in transportation, FVV - the German research association for internal combustion engines, FVA - the equivalent for powertrain research and in Sweden the FKG Vehicle Component Group.

Since 1997 AVL List has been active in about 150 EC-funded RTD projects. A selection of project highlights is listed below.

Selection of RTD projects co-financed by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme and Horizon 2020:

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.
The main objective of the "INGAS - Integrated GAS Powertrain" project is to deploy a custom designed engine integrated with a specific aftertreatment system, applied to a light duty vehicle able to achieve a 10% higher fuel conversion efficiency than that of a corresponding 2006 diesel vehicle and complying with an emission level lower than Euro 6.
The objectives of  the "POWERtrain of FUture Light-duty vehicles" project were significant CO2 emission reductions for SI and CI engines and to meet CO, HC, NOx and PM figures, as engineering targets, at least 10% less than the Euro 6 emissions limits and to maintain the CO2 and pollutant emissions levels during the entire useful engine life.
LESSCCV "Large-Eddy Simulation and System simulation to predict Cyclic Combustion Variability in gasoline engines": The objective of LESSCCV is to exploit 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.


Green Vehicle Initiative

The target of the FUEREX project is to prove the feasibility of the range extender technology for the markets for sub-compact passenger cars up to light duty commercial vehicles.
OpEneR, ("Optimal Energy consumption and Recovery based on a system network") developed 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. 
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.
SuperLIB (Smart Battery Control System based on a Charge-equalization Circuit for an advanced Dual-Cell Battery for Electric Vehicles) focuses on smart control system solutions for batteries. To enhance the overall performance, the battery consists of both High-Power (HP) and High-Energy (HE) cells. This combination of two different types of cells together with a smart control strategy and a highly integrated package significantly improves the lifetime, the reliability and the cost/performance ratio of the battery system, by also adding the possibility of fast charging without degrading its lifetime.


Information and Communication Technologies

ICT-Emissions develops a methodology and tool to evaluate the impact of ICT measures on road transport emissions"
PRoSE PRoSE (Promoting Standardisation for Embedded Systems) identifies in the area of embedded systems candidates for standardization and established a process for informing policies and stakeholder groups so that cross-domain synergies can be achieved.


Marie Curie Actions

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. 
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.
Vehicle Concept Modeling: The objective of this Marie Curie Training Network action is to investigate and develop vehicle concept modeling and simulation applications, aligned with the needs for (and integrated into) the industrial vehicle design process.


Joint Undertaking Fuel Cell and Hydrogen

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 ARTEMIS / ECSEL


Combined Model-based Analysis and Testing of Embedded Systems
The project CRYSTAL (CRitical sYSTem engineering AcceLeration) takes up the challenge to establish and push forward an Interoperability Specification (IOS) and a Reference Technology Platform (RTP) as a European standard for safety-critical systems.
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.