Recently, EARPA, the association of automotive R&D organisations, published a position paper about Integrated and Connected Product Development and Production Process for a sustainable Mobility. Leitat, as member of EARPA contributed to this document having identified 5 key research areas that can contribute to a sustainable mobility being: advanced materials, materials for energy storage and conversion, production and end-of-life processes, tools for accelerated product development and design, and advanced vehicle concepts.
These five research areas represent cross-cutting research areas relevant for all types of vehicles or devises operated in current and future mobility scenarios. Besides, they are not only addressing needs of road transport but of all transport modes and as such becoming pertinent for cross-modal issues and for exploiting synergies across transport modes.
Leitat’s main focus is on materials for energy, as it is leading and participating in various projects about post lithium-ion batteries such as LISA, CoFBAT, ASTRABAT, and has a track record of various projects in innovative areas such as ALION and ALISE. These projects concentrate on ssential key parameters of energy storage and conversation such as safety, costs, energy and power density as well as efficiency and durability. These have to be assessed against environmental improvements and availability of critical raw materials and respond to the following industrial needs:
- Materials for the electrified drive trains (battery, fuel cell, electronics, e-motor)
- Materials for advanced ICE using synthetic or e-fuels
- Substitution of rare /scarce materials (magnets, alloys, energy storage, ….).
Read the full position paper here.