The EVERSAFE consortium consists of 6 different members representing two countries, Germany and Sweden.
VTI, the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, is an independent, internationally established research institute which is active in the transport sector. Its work covers all modes, and its core competence is in the fields of safety, economy, environment, traffic and transport analysis, public transport, behaviour and the man-vehicle-transport system interaction, and in road design, operation and maintenance.
Contributions in the project: VTI will coordinate the project and lead the work on safety requirements and analysis of the overall project. VTI will also take an active part in the work with identifying and investigating the driver reaction to failure modes in the propulsion of EVs using a driving simulator as well as in the area of passive safety and modelling of impacts.
Volvo Car Corporation (VCC) is a car manufacturer with its research and development as well as head office in Gothenburg (Sweden).
Contributions in the project: Support passive safety work package with crash simulation results to provide critical load scenarios for electric components. VCC has extensive experience within crash simulation connected to real-world accidents through in-depth reconstruction work.
Support passive safety work package regarding electrical storage systems under and after crash conditions. Knowledge is based on crash testing of such components during product development.
KTH in Stockholm is the largest, oldest and most international technical university in Sweden. One of the research groups is KTH Vehicle Dynamics. The division‟s goal is to improve the knowledge about dynamic behaviour and function of vehicles to lead the development of new vehicles to be more reliable under different driving conditions. The research and education is focused on problems related to handling, rollover and comfort of road vehicles, as well as driver/vehicle interaction, non-linear phenomena and catenary-pantograph dynamics. To solve these problems, aspects on active safety as well as methods for simulation and measurement of dynamic behaviour for efficient product development are considered.
Contributions in the project: KTH will contribute in the active safety part of this project. The scientific knowledge about the vehicle dynamics as well as faults occurring in electrified vehicles is covered by our research areas vehicle subsystem interaction and innovative vehicle concepts.
As a university of technology TUC offers a wide variety of courses and research programs from engineering sciences as well as from the social and behavioural sciences (like psychology). As part of the department of psychology the Laboratory of Applied Cognitive Sciences (Director: Prof. Dr. J. F. Krems) focuses on driver behaviour in general and on drivers use of new technology like e-powered cars in particular. Further interests are the interaction of drivers with information and assistance systems. The focus is on user acceptance, usability, cognitive workload, divided attention, diver distraction and skill acquisition in highly complex domains.
Contributions in the project: Based on current projects TUC will give input to the project by providing scientific knowledge about the users, their expectations and their behaviour while interacting with electric vehicles. In cooperation with the other partners TUC will develop and adapt appropriate methods to test driver behaviour. Driving experiments on specific EV features will be designed and conducted. Apart from that expectations among potential customers will be assessed. Based on the findings it will be possible to define user requirements, behaviour and acceptance of specific EV´s functionalities.
The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (FhG) works in applied research and development. The employees carry out research and development projects on a contract basis on behalf of industry, the service sector and government. The Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics – Ernst-Mach-Institut (EMI) – maintains a comprehensive approach to safe sustainable surface transport consisting of highly instrumented experimental facilities (full scale vehicle crash starting 2012, component crash) and structural dynamic simulation tools. The Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (ICT) has five departments and work in the field of military and civil research. The department of applied electrochemistry has experience in abuse testing of Li-Ion-Systems and chemical analyses of hazardous substances releases from damaged cells or battery systems.
Contributions in the project: EMI will model and simulate the full scale crash test for second generation EVs in WP3 and use the results to simulate the mechanical load on the batteries and battery protective structures both in simulation and experiment.
ICT will select appropriate sensor systems for detecting gaseous substances from damaged Li-Ion-Cells after crash in WP3. The reliability and applicability of different systems will validated with abuse Test on cell level under laboratory conditions.
The Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) is a technical and scientific institute under the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI). It provides the ministry with scientifically-backed decision aids for technical and traffic-related issues and plays a significant role in drawing up regulations and standards.
At its testing plants, the Federal Highway Research Institute conducts its own research on issues of special significance. Its tasks include consulting services and assessment reports. The Federal Highway Research Institute also evaluates the quality of services and products.
Contributions in the project: BASt will be responsible for the technical side of all active safety driving experiments. BASt will also perform full-scale crash testing in WP3 and be responsible for the electrochemical investigations.