Brussels, 23 December 2016 – optiTruck, a key European project focusing on reducing the impact of Heavy-Duty Vehicles (HDV) on greenhouse gas emission has kicked off its activities in September 2016. By using intelligent and predictive powertrain control and calibration methods, and  the state of the art of ITS and big data management techniques, the 3-year optiTruck project targets to achieve a global optimum for consumption of fuel as well as other energy sources and consumables for HDV (40t).

The automotive industry has made a substantial effort in recent years in developing powertrain technologies to improve fuel efficiency on HDV. Due to increasing freight traffic, however, EC projections indicate that total HDV energy use and CO2 emissions are expected to remain stable at the current level over the long term, if no action is taken.

By integrating innovative predictive powertrain and ITS technologies, the optiTruck – optimal fuel consumption with Predictive PowerTrain control and calibration for intelligent Truck – project will develop a prototype to demonstrate a fuel reduction of at least 20% while meeting Euro VI emission standards for HDV (40t). Fuel reduction will be achieved through the implementation of about 10 innovation elements (technologies). Each of these technologies will have a quantified expected contribution to fuel savings and together they form the skeleton of the optiTruck project concept.

Specifically, optiTruck brings together 11 partners from 7 European countries who will focus on the creation of the global optimiser which consists of a set of dynamic, intelligent control and predictive components designed for effective powertrain management, utilising the environment data related to the transport mission, road topography, weather and road conditions and surrounding vehicles. During the course of the project, real driving trials will demonstrate the optiTruck solutions.

The project will deliver a comprehensive impact assessment methodology that will extend these demonstrations to a wider evaluation and explore potential benefits of using the rich cloud data sources and powerful computing facilities for modelling and simulation.

The optiTruck project will also ensure a proper exchange of existing knowledge between automotive industries and promote horizontal collaboration in new ways.

Editor notes


Duration: 1 September 2016 – 31 August 2019
Total Funding / EC contributions: € 4,54 million 
 ec This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 713788. 
Coordinator: Jean-Charles Pandazis, Head of Department Efficiency & Electro-Mobility, ERTICO – ITS Europe, Belgium 
Partners: Industry

  • Ford Otomotiv San. A.S., Turkey
  • IAV –  Ingenieursgesellschaft Fuer Auto Und Verkehr GmbH, Germany

Research & Innovation

  • Aalborg Universitet, Denmark
  • Ethniko Kentro Erevnas Kai Technologikis Anaptycis, Greece
  • ICOOR – Consorzio Interuniversitario Per L’ottimizzazione E La Recirca Operativa, Italy
  • ISMB – Istituto Superioe Mario Boella Sulla Tecnologie Dell’informazione E Delle Telecomunicazioni, Italy
  • University of Leeds, UK
  • Okan Universitesi, Turkey


  • ELIADIS Transport S.A., Greece
  • F.lli Codognotto Snc, Italy 


For more information please contact:

Project Coordinator: Jean-Charles Pandazis, ERTICO – ITS Europe, E:, T: + 32 2 400 07 14

Dissemination Manager: Maria De Rycke, ERTICO – ITS Europe, E:, T: +32 2 400 07 40


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