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.

Funding category

  • Horizon Europe


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


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