IMPERIUM - Implementation of powertrain control for economic and clean real driving emission and fuel consumption
Research Project, 2016 – 2019

Fuel economy is a key aspect to reduce operating costs and improve efficiency of freight traffic, thus increasing truck competitiveness. The main objective of the IMPERIUM project is to achieve fuel consumption reduction of up to 20% (diesel and urea) whilst keeping the vehicle within the legal limits for pollutant emissions. The IMPERIUM consortium consist of major European actors and is able to provide a 100% European value chain for the development of future powertrain control strategies for trucks.

IMPERIUM's main innovations and targeted key results are: 
Objective 1: Development of a methodology and simulation environment for assessing the performance of HD trucks in real-driving conditions
Objective 2: Development of Dynamic eHorizon system for Heavy Duty trucks
Objective 3: Three advanced fuel efficient Heavy Duty Demonstrators, each integrating eHorizon and providing different approaches of Vehicle Control Units and powertrain configurationsLong haulage heavy duty application – DAF with focus on predictive powertrain supervisor, predictive engine control and predictive waste heat recovery 
Long haulage heavy duty application – IVECO with focus on energy management supervisor, engine control, micro-hybrid and smart auxiliaries 
Long haulage heavy duty application – VOLVO with focus on integrated powertrain control and model-based engine control with mission adaptation
Objective 4: Analysis and validation of the project outcomes by means of in-vehicle fuel consumption and emissions measurements integrated into the proposed simulation environment


Nikolce Murgovski (contact)

Chalmers, Electrical Engineering, Systems and control

Adrian Ilka

Chalmers, Electrical Engineering, Systems and control

Jonas Sjöberg

Chalmers, Electrical Engineering, Systems and control



Graz, Austria


Gerlingen-Schillerhoehe, Germany

Continental Automotive Gmbh

Hannover, Germany

Czech Technical University in Prague

Praha, Czech Republic

DAF Trucks NV

Eindhoven, Netherlands

Eindhoven University of Technology

Eindhoven, Netherlands


Aachen, Germany

FPT Motorenforschung AG

Arbon, Switzerland

Honeywell Prague Laboratory

Prague, Czech Republic

Iveco S.p.A.

Torino, Italy

Polytechnic University of Milan

Milano, Italy

Polytechnic University of Turin

Torino, Italy

Ricardo UK

Shoreham-By-Sea, United Kingdom

RWTH Aachen University

Aachen, Germany

Volvo Group

Gothenburg, Sweden


Bryssel, Belgium


European Commission (EC)

Project ID: EC/H2020/713783
Funding Chalmers participation during 2016–2019

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