Powering EU Net Zero Future by Escalating Zero Emission HDVs and Logistic Intelligence

Project: EU project

Project Details


Heavy-duty vehicles account for about 25% of EU road transport CO2 emissions and about 6% of total EU emissions. In line with the Paris Agreement and Green Deal targets, Regulation (EU) 2019/1242 setting CO2 emission standards for HDVs (from August 14, 2019) forces the transition to a seamless integration of zero-emission vehicles into fleets. In line with the European 2050 goals ESCALATE aims to demonstrate high-efficiency zHDV powertrains (up to 10% increase) for long-haul applications that will provide a range of 800 km without refueling/recharging and cover at least 500 km average daily operation (6+ months) in real conditions. ESCALATE will achieve this by following modularity and scalability approach starting from the β-level of hardware and software innovations and aiming to reach the γ-level in the first sprint and eventually the δ-level at the project end through its 2 sprint-V-cycle. ESCALATE is built on the novel concepts around 3 main innovation areas, which are: i) Standardized well-designed, cost effective modular and scalable multi-powertrain components; ii) Fast Fueling & Grid-friendly charging solutions; and iii) Digital Twin (DT) & AI-based management tools considering capacity, availability, speed, and nature of the charging infrastructures as well as the fleet structures. Throughout the project lifetime, 5 pilots, 5 DTs and 5 case studies on TCO (with the target of 10% reduction), together with their environmental performance via TranSensusLCA will be performed. The ultimate goal is to develop well-designed modular building blocks with a TRL7/8 based on business model innovations used for 3 types of zHDVs {b-HDV,f-HDV,r-HDV}. Furthermore, 3 white papers will be produced, one of which will contribute defining the pathway for reducing well-to-wheel GHG emissions from HDVs based on results and policy assessments.
Effective start/end date1/01/2330/06/26

Collaborative partners

  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • Advanced Electric Machines Research Ltd
  • BSA Inno & Tech GmbH
  • Coventry University
  • Reliability & Safety Technical Centre (RSTER)
  • FEV France S.A.
  • Ballard Power Systems Europe A/S
  • DHL Lojistik Hizmetleri A.Ş.
  • RWTH Aachen University
  • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • Ergtech Sp. zo.o.
  • Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA)
  • Kempower Oyj
  • Tekfen Mühendislik A.Ş.
  • Oy Sisu Auto Ab
  • Oy M. Rauanheimo Ab
  • Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK)
  • Brussels Research & Innovation Center For Green Technologies (BRING)
  • Deutsches Institut für Normung e.V. (DIN)
  • POLIS- Promotion of Operational Links with Integrated Services, Association Internationale
  • Hydrogen Europe
  • German Aerospace Center (DLR)
  • Virtual Vehicle Research Center
  • Mercedes-Benz Türk A.Ş.
  • Primafrio Corporacion S.A.
  • PBX GmbH
  • Ortem Elektronik A.Ş.
  • ENGIE Energie Services SA
  • Kuljetus ja muutto O. Jylhä Oy
  • Ford Otomotiv Sanayi A.Ş
  • Institute of Science and Innovation in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (INEGI)
  • BMC Otomotiv Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.
  • University of Surrey
  • Electra Commercial Vehicles Ltd
  • Valmet Automotive EV Power Oy
  • FEV Europe GmbH (lead)
  • Fev Tr Automotive and Energy Research and Engineering Ltd.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Funding category

  • Horizon Europe


  • HORIZON-CL5-2022-D5-01-08
  • software
  • business models
  • transport