RESOLVE: the EU-funded project led by Piaggio

Oct 26 2016 08:33

The EU project RESOLVE (Range of Electric SOlutions for L-Category VEhicles), has started on the 1st of May, 2015. It is a project funded by the European Commission under the European Green Vehicle initiative call H2020-GV-2014 (Electric two-wheelers and new light vehicle concepts) of Horizon 2020 – Smart, Green and Integrated Transport Programme.

Its duration is 36 months. The strong and well-balanced consortium of 14 partners (OEMs, leading industrial partners and universities and centers of research excellence) is coordinated by Piaggio. 

RESOLVE aims to develop electric engines whose efficiency and sustainability will be demonstrated on two electric-powered tilting four-wheelers in categories L2 and L6.

The Piaggio Group is the largest European manufacturer of two-wheeled motor vehicles and one of the world's leaders in its sector. The Piaggio Group product range includes scooters, motorcycles and mopeds from 50 to 1,400 cc marketed under the Piaggio, Vespa, Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Gilera, Derbi and Scarabeo brands. The Piaggio Group also operates in the three- and four-wheel light transport sector with its Ape, Porter and Quargo (Ape Truck) ranges of commercial vehicles.

The Piaggio Group is also a player in the electric and hybrid vehicle market with its full electric Piaggio Liberty eMail and the unique Piaggio Mp3 Hybrid.

RESOLVE EU project aims at making Electric L-Vehicles (ELVs) practical alternatives to cars, by encouraging a number of commuters to switch to narrow-track ELVs, and contributing at the same time to reduction of overall urban traffic congestion, cutting commuting time and easing parking.

To achieve its ambitious objectives, RESOLVE uses a holistic approach to explore solutions and to develop a number of technological advances, aimed to maximize the energy efficiency of ELVs, such as regenerative braking and lightweight design, as well as to optimize ELV rider experience through active vehicle stability and handling, human machine interface (HMI) and measures to enhance comfort and weather protection.

Such advances to state-of-the-art will be shown in two demonstration vehicles that could form a basis for attractive commercial ELV propositions.

The RESOLVE consortium is in a good position to achieve these ambitious objectives, as, together, the partners cover the majority of the EU LV industry and can have an impact on energy consumption, net global emissions, journey time and traffic congestion, European economy and employment, consumer satisfaction and traffic safety.

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