Development of efficient and environmental friendly LONG distance powertrain for heavy dUty trucks aNd coaches
Research Project, 2020 – 2023

In the long haul transport sector, the reduction of real driving emissions and fuel consumption is the main societal challenge. The LONGRUN project will contribute to lower the impacts by developing different engines, drivelines and demonstrator vehicles with 10% energy saving (TtW) and related CO2, 30% lower emission exhaust (NOx, CO and others), and 50% Peak Thermal Efficiency. A second achievement will be the multiscale simulation framework to support the design and development of efficient powertrains, including hybrids for both trucks and coaches. With the proposed initiatives a leading position in hybrid powertrain technology and Internal Combustion Engine operating on renewable fuels in Europe will be guaranteed. A single solution is not enough to achieve these targets. The LONGRUN project brings together leading OEMs of trucks and coaches and their suppliers and research partners, to develop a set of innovations and applications, and to publish major roadmaps for technology and fuels in time for the revision of the CO2 emission standards for heavy duty vehicles in 2022 to support decision making with most recent and validated results and to make recommendations for future policies. The OEMs will develop 8 demonstrators (3 engines, 1 hybrid drivelines, 2 coaches and 3 trucks); within them technical sub-systems and components will be demonstrated, including electro-hybrid drives, optimised ICEs and aftertreatment systems for alternative and renewable fuels, electric motors, smart auxiliaries, on-board energy recuperation and storage devices and power electronics. This includes concepts for connected and digitalised fleet management, predictive maintenance and operation in relation to electrification where appropriate to maximise the emissions reduction potential. The 30 partners will accelerate the transition from fossil-based fuels to alternative and renewable fuels and to a strong reduction of fossil-based CO2 and air pollutant emissions in Europe.



Louise Olsson (contact)

Chalmers, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chemical Technology

Yujing Liu

Chalmers, Electrical Engineering, Electric Power Engineering

Junfei Tang

Chalmers, Electrical Engineering, Electric Power Engineering


Avesta Battery & Energy Engineering (ABEE)

Ganshoren, Belgium


Graz, Austria

AVL MTC Motortestcenter

Haninge, Sweden

DAF Trucks NV

Eindhoven, Netherlands

Eaton Elektrotechnika s.r.o.

Praha, Czech Republic

Eindhoven University of Technology

Eindhoven, Netherlands


Aachen, Germany

Ford Otomotiv Sanayi A.Ş.

Istanbul, Turkey

FPT Industrial S.P.A

Turin, Italy

Garrett Motion Czech Republic s.r.o.

Brno, Czech Republic

Idiada Automotive Technology

Tarragona, Spain

IFP Energies Nouvelles

Rueil Malmaison, France


Ormaiztegi, Spain

Iveco S.p.A.

Torino, Italy

Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission

Brussels, Belgium

Neste Oy

Espoo, Finland


Alhama de Murcia, Spain

RWTH Aachen University

Aachen, Germany

Shell Global Solutions International

The Hague, Netherlands

Siemens Industry Software SAS

Chatillon, France

Technische Universität Graz

Graz, Austria


Derio, Spain

Total Marketing Services

Puteaux, France


Bruxelles, Belgium


Delft, Netherlands

University of L'Aquila

L'aquila, Italy

VDL Enabling Transport Solutions

Valkenswaard, Netherlands

Volvo Group

Gothenburg, Sweden

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

Brussel, Belgium


European Commission (EC)

Project ID: EC/H2020/874972
Funding Chalmers participation during 2020–2023

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