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H2020-FTIPilot-2016: Búsqueda de socios industriales y operadores de transporte público para completar el desarrollo de un autobús urbano ecológico


Búsqueda de socios
Una pyme francesa busca socios industriales y operadores de transporte público con el fin de presentar un proyecto a la acción "Vía rápida a la innovación", cuyo plazo para presentar expresiones de interés finaliza el 1 de mayo de 2016. La primera versión del autobús está disponible en dos dimensiones (10 y 12 metros), tiene una capacidad para 90 pasajeros y una autonomía de 200 km y es de bajo consumo. Además permite el acceso sencillo a usuarios de silla de ruedas y personas con problemas de movilidad. La empresa busca fabricantes de autobuses, empresas de ingeniería, operadores de transporte público y ciudades interesados en desarrollar, implementar y probar un autobús urbano eléctrico. También considera presentar el proyecto a la convocatoria Instrumento pyme fase 2.


H2020-FTIPilot-2016: Industrial partners and public transportation operators are sought to finalize the development of a green urban bus
A French SME is looking for industrial partners and public transportation operators for a Fast Track to Innovation project. The partners are more likely buses manufacturers, engineering companies, public transportation operators, cities, that are interested in developing, implementing and testing a plug in electric urban bus. The French SME is also considering applying to the SME Instrument - phase 2.
Buses represent 80% of the total European transport; developing more sustainable buses will have a major impact on the environment. Today, even if electric and hybrid buses are more environmentally-friendly, charging time and classical hybrid power trains limit the autonomy and the efficacy of those buses.

The French SME has developed a unique concept based on a multi-hybrid system, coupling 3 different energy sources and a bi-modular frame (a module for passengers and another one for energy) allowing a full capacity usage of the vehicle.

The SME is a well-established SME with 3 main activities :
- car body shop,
- retrofitting of road and rail vehicles and interior
- interior design and refitting of shops and professionals premises

Based on its 60-year experience in refurbishing and retrofitting, and its collaboration with local authorities, the company decided to diversify its activity and to develop an innovative concept of green urban bus: the plug-in electric urban bus.

The first version of the bus has the following characteristics:
- Available in 2 lengths: 10 -Y- 12 meters
- 90 people capacity (mid-size bus)
- 200 km autonomy
- Low energy consumption, reduced emissions
- No additional cost for the set-up of the bus
- Easy access for passengers with wheelchairs and mobility-impaired persons

For a Fast Track to Innovation project, the company is looking for industrial partners and public transportation operators interested in developing, testing and implementing a plug in electric urban bus:
- buses manufacturers
- engineering companies
- public transportation operators
- cities...

The company has targeted the June cut-off of the Fast Track to Innovation call but might apply to the following cut-off (October 2016), if the proposal is not ready.
Deadline for Expressions of Interest: 01/05/2016

The French SME is also considering applying to the SME Instrument - phase 2.
Advantages and Innovations:
Current main innovative advantages of the bus are:
- Plug in hybrid -Y- range extender
- Reduction of empty weight (around 20%)
- Full capacity usage of the vehicle
- Energy consumption, noise and CO2 emission of small cylinder engines
- "Connected vehicle" equipped with sensors to allow data collection
- Warranty of batteries: data collected allows the monitoring of the battery ageing
- Integrated SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) standards- Equipped with on-board screen to display key parameters of the hybridisation and video feeds from on board cameras

Foreseen innovations:
- Full electric version
- Maintenance forecasting: bus operator will be provided with data collected by the network of on-board selected "calculators"
- Driver-aid system providing live support to the driver to optimise the usage capacities of the bus
- Optimization of energy consumption of the auxiliaries, including an highly efficient air conditioning system
- Development of algorithms to enhance the management of smart multi-hybridization
- Smart tools development for remote and advanced forecasting, based on a real time data exchange with the bus
- Hydrogen / Fuel cell version
- Adaptation to right hand drive (if needed)
Stage of Development:
Already on the market
Technical Specification or Expertise Sought:
Industrials partners and public transportation partners are sought to further develop, implement and test this new plug in electric urban bus.
IPR Status:
Patent(s) applied for but not yet granted,Patents granted

Partner sought

Partner Sought:
Partners sought: - Industrial partners: bus manufacturers, engineering companies (composites, fuel cell, maintenance forecasting...) - Public transportation operators and cities interested in implementing green urban bus Task to perform: - Adapt the technology of the bus to different operations environments - Finalize the development of the plug in electric urban bus - Demonstrate and evaluate the bus performances in real operating conditions - Development of new types of vehicle - Demonstrate the benefits of hybrid electric buses in a mix urban/rural environment - Cost benefit analysis of a hybrid electric bus compare to a pure electric bus
Type of Partnership Considered:


Type and Size of Client:
Industry SME 50-249
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
Languages Spoken:



Evaluation Scheme:
Anticipated Project Budget:
to be defined
Coordinator Required:
Deadline for Call:
Funding Scheme:
Collaborative projects
Project Duration:
Project title and Acronym:
to be defined