Hybrid and Electric Motors for Utility Vehicles


The aim for this project is to generate a Nordic platform for research, development, testing and innovation of autonomous heavy-duty vehicles as well as for graduate and higher education.

In the northern Sweden, Norway and Finland, forestry, agriculture, mining and logistics are key industries providing numerous job opportunities and regional economic growth. These industries rely on heavy-duty vehicles in several process steps for example harvesting, forwarding, loading, transport, plowing and seeding, and continuously need to improve their economic, environmental and social sustainability in order to stay competitive.

Hybrid and electric motors, autonomous vehicle technology and sensor technology are taking over utility vehicle markets. In order to deepen knowledge and boost capacity for new technology adaptation for companies and RDI organizations in the North, the networks of established research and monitoring cooperation should be connected and made more effective.

The project develops a cooperative virtual platform for the universities and research centres in which there are group technologies, virtual modelling of the actual environments and existing laboratories that are connected to development of utility vehicles.

The operations of the project are combined in work packages for creating a VR environment using data from actual working environment, to build a digital twin for the movement technology of the vehicles and creating the interface between Mobilab and the VR system. The project will enable building an interface between the measurements and the VR system. The methodology of the working platform will be validated in maritime logistics pilot at the Narvik Port in Northern Norway.