The overall objective of the ECOCHAMPS project is to achieve efficient, compact, low-weight, robust and cost-effective hybrid powertrains for both passenger cars and commercial vehicles (buses, medium-duty and heavy duty trucks), with increased functionality, improved performance, comfort and functional safety, and emission levels below Euro 6 or VI. It is the vision of the ECOCHAMPS consortium to enable a viable business case for hybrid vehicles by both extending their functionality and minimizing their cost. At the same time, the ECOCHAMPS project aims to increase the competitiveness of European vehicle manufacturers and component suppliers by gaining a leading position in hybrid powertrain technology.

Customer Benefit

The competitiveness of European road-vehicle manufacturers and component suppliers is based on technological leadership, particularly system optimization and affordability. The challenge taken up by the ECOCHAMPS consortium of 25 partners is to gain a leading position in hybrid powertrain technology. Extending the use of this technology will significantly reduce CO2 emissions from road transport and have a positive effect on air quality.

The targeted achievements of ECOCHAMPS are to:

  •  Improve powertrain efficiency by up to 20% during representative operation;
  •  Reduce powertrain weight and volume by up to 20%
  •  Reduce hybrid vehicles costs, targeting a 10% maximum cost premium.


The specific technical objectives, main innovations and targeted key results are:

1. To devise a modular pre-standard framework (MSF), for the first time, that recommends standards for electric hybrid drivetrain components and auxiliaries for commercial vehicles

2. To develop a set of electric hybrid components for hybrid powertrains

3. To develop optimized drivelines for the selected vehicle classes

4. To demonstrate the key innovations in two light-duty and three commercial vehicles at TRL 6-7

5. To assess the technology development in terms of its efficiency, cost effectiveness, weight and volume

Ricardo is a partner in the project, contributing to several of the work packages, and the technical coordinator for the light-duty aspects of it, supporting the overall project technical coordinator, DAF.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 653468