IAV (a German-based engineering company in the automotive industry) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are working on a joint research project to compare and evaluate innovative drive types based on hydrogen, electrification, hybridisation, and methane combustion in heavy-duty trucks.
The research aims to determine the alternative drive concept based on the respective applications and requirements on American and European roads to help cut emissions in the transport sector. In addition to electric and CNG drives, the partnership will also focus particularly on hydrogen combustion and fuel cells.
IAV will contribute its expertise from internal research projects and experimental studies on research engines around real-world consumption, engine and emission behaviour, whereas MIT will provide information and know-how on specific use cases in the US, drive cycles and vehicles. The initial project results will be presented in the second half of 2021, with a final report in 2022.
Carsten Rinka, Executive VP of Sales at IAV, said, “The aim of the collaboration is, therefore, to select suitable concepts for corresponding requirements and use cases in the commercial vehicle sector – and thus to reduce the CO2 footprint as much as possible.”
Professor William Green at MIT, said, “IAV’s expertise in detailed engine design and operating strategies for high efficiency has made it possible for us to rapidly accurately answer a much wider range of questions than I had thought possible”.