EU funded project to increase efficiency of electric vehicles – Merging of on-board and off-board data will enable new assistance functions – Project co-funded by the European Commission
OpEneR will reduce the “range anxiety” that drivers of fully electric vehicles experience, through the realization of a longer, more consistent, predictable and clearly displayed remaining electric driving range, with the use of highly innovative controller software algorithms. These algorithms will merge data from a diverse range of on-board and off-board sources (existing and new) to provide timely and effective driver guidance through enhanced vehicle dashboard displays. This advanced support system will allow the drivers to consistently adapt their route and driving style in order to achieve the best energy efficiency and thus electrical driving range, and to arrive at their chosen destination as quickly and safely as practically possible.
The OpEneR system will provide advanced and fully integrated driver support, based on a networked architecture comprising for example, vehicle, battery, e-machine, regenerative braking, adaptive cruise control, and 3D satellite navigation route data, as well as car-to-infrastructure and car-to-car communication and enhanced haptic dashboard and head-up displays. Furthermore, a sophisticated and integrated vehicle stability controller with enhanced environmental sensing will improve safety.
To assure the success of OpEneR, the new technologies will be developed in three stages, the so-called OpEneR Technology Levels. The project results will be demonstrated in two fully operational electric vehicles, which will be tested under real world conditions. OpEneR technologies are wholly complementary to other initiatives, such as enhanced battery technologies, and can also be applied to other vehicle types such as hybrids and range extenders to accelerate their market acceptance.