The Assured initiative will develop and integrate new generation of high power chargers for buses and lorries

The technological centre will boost, along with Vectia and ABB, within the same work group, the exhibition of the exploitation of 100% electric buses through in-service fast charging that guarantees the interoperability with other manufacturers.

The automotive sector seeks technologically advanced solutions enabling to replace current combustion engines by more healthy and environmentally friendly systems. In this context, the development of electric power drives has become an effective alternative to private vehicles, buses and lorries.

With the aim of contributing to this electrification, IK4-IKERLAN participates in the European project called Assured. The objective of this project is to develop a new generation of high power chargers (up to 600 kW) for different manufacturers of heavy vehicles.

At the same time, the initiative will create the required standards and regulations to facilitate the integration and interoperability of these systems of super-fast recharge by the manufacturers and operators.

The project, starting this October with a duration of four years, is framed within the H2020 Programme of the European Commission, and shall have a budget of EUR 18.7 million.

Assured, led by Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), will bring together more than 40 benchmark companies and entities of the standing of Vectia, Iveco, Volvo, MAN, Irizar, Siemens or Alstom, among others.

Under Assured, IK4-IKERLAN will focus on the analysis and assessment of the main factors that affect the proper function of storage systems (especially in lithium-ion batteries), such as the wear and tear affecting batteries in the course of their useful life or their performance reported in high power operating regimes.

In addition, the technology centre of Arrasate-Mondragón will design strategies for energy management, in order to maximize efficiency during charging and operation of vehicles, increase their autonomy and contribute to environmental sustainability in the cities.