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Call: System and cost optimised hybridisation of road vehicles

Type of Fund Action programme
Description of programme
"Horizon 2020 - Societal Challenges "
A challenge-based approach will bring together resources and knowledge across different fields, technologies and disciplines, including social sciences and the humanities. This will cover activities from research to market with a new focus on innovation-related activities, such as piloting, demonstration, test-beds, and support for public procurement and market uptake.
Funding focuses on the following challenges:
  • Health, demographic change and wellbeing;
  • Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research, and the Bioeconomy;
  • Secure, clean and efficient energy;
  • Smart, green and integrated transport;
  • Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials;
  • Europe in a changing world - inclusive, innovative and reflective societies;
  • Secure societies - protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens.
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Description of programme
"Smart, Green and Integrated Transport"

Within this programme Horizon 2020 will provide funding for a resource efficient transport that respects the environment, aims at a better mobility, less congestion, more safety and security, supports a global leadership for the European transport industry and targets a socio-economic and behavioural research and forward looking activities for policy making.

System and cost optimised hybridisation of road vehicles
Description of call
"System and cost optimised hybridisation of road vehicles"

Hybridised road vehicles combining internal combustion engines and electric motors are already available in the market and contribute to the uptake of electrified vehicles. With the advantages of two different propulsion systems, hybrid electric vehicles can offer the possibility to drive both with zero emission and over long distances. They constitute a major enabler to reach future CO2 targets and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in general, and play an important role in ensuring better air quality in urban areas and energy savings. However, a major challenge for this type of vehicle is the cost of its technology in relation to the benefit for end users and the variety of configurations that are possible. This topic is focused on the development of advanced solutions which reduce both the cost and complexity of pure hybrid, plug-in hybrid and range extended electric vehicles, and their effective mechanical, thermal and electrical integration into the vehicle.


Proposals should address all the following aspects in light-duty and/or heavy-duty vehicles:

  • For range extended electric vehicles, development of novel high efficiency and high power density energy generators and close integration with electric systems.
  • For pure and plug-in hybrids, power-train system integration and optimisation through the re-use of waste heat, advanced control, downsizing of ICEs, innovative transmissions and the integration of high temperature electronic components.


For all applications, identify potential for cost reduction by technical simplification of engine and/or transmission systems and lower cost energy storage as well as improved after-treatment operation to control of emissions, particularly in case of cold (re)start and optimised use of auxiliary systems, and, where economically justified, the re-use of waste heat.

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Thematic Focus Research & Innovation, Technology Transfer & Exchange, Mobility & Transport/Traffic , Circular Economy, Sustainability, Natural Resources, Justice, Safety & Security, Climate, Climate Change, Environment & Biodiversity
Funding area EU Member States
Candidate Countries
Norway / Norge
Switzerland / Schweiz / Suisse / Svizzera
Origin of Applicant EU Member States

Albania / Shqipëria
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Iceland / Ísland
Montenegro / Crna Gora/Црна Гора
North Macedonia / Северна Македонија
Norway / Norge
Serbia / Сpбија
Switzerland / Schweiz / Suisse / Svizzera
Turkey / Türkiye
Ukraine / Україна Oukraïna
Eligible applicants Education and Training Centres, Research Institution, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), NGO / NPO, Start Up Company, University, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Association
Project Partner Yes
Project Partner Details

At least three legal entities. Each of the three must be established in a different EU Member State or Horizon 2020 associated country. All three legal entities must be independent of each other. 

Recurring Call No
Financial details

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 7 and 10 million each would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

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