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Novel concept of a low cost, high power density and highly efficient recyclable motor for next generation mass produced electric vehicles

PROJECTS
Funding
European
European Union
Duration
-
Status
Ongoing
Geo-spatial type
Other
Total project cost
€3 476 515
EU Contribution
€3 476 515
Project Acronym
HEFT
STRIA Roadmaps
Vehicle design and manufacturing (VDM)
Transport mode
Road icon
Transport policies
Environmental/Emissions aspects
Transport sectors
Passenger transport

Overview

Call for proposal
HORIZON-CL5-2022-D5-01
Link to CORDIS
Background & Policy context

Climate change has created an increased need for innovation in various sectors, including the automotive industry. Many corporations are striving to fulfil this need by developing and producing electric cars. However, the production process remains inefficient and environmentally harmful. The EU-funded HEFT project will reverse this trend by introducing a revolutionary synchronous motor for electric cars, which will be recyclable, cost-efficient and require fewer materials while producing fewer emissions and creating novel European circular economies. HEFT is a research project that brings together the expertise of universities, research centers and companies in electric motors, advanced materials and circularity, from basic research to the development and testing of new materials and components.

Objectives

HEFT considers that an energy efficient rare-earth synchronous motor is the best option for next generation high-power primary axle traction EVs and proposes a set of innovation challenges on electric synchronous motor configuration based on SiC inverters (direct cooling of rotor and stator, advance insulation for high voltage, multibarrier rotor topology, wave windings) and advanced materials (advanced GBD magnets, epoxy for magnet fixation, composite for motor housing, insulation resin).

These innovations will result in a high-efficient and low-cost solution that will be validated on 2 motor topologies, which compared to two main reference automotive IPM commercial motors in Europe (VW ID.3 and FIAT500) will lead to next impacts: >800V, 20% reduction losses, >7 KW/kg and 42kW/l power density, 28% cheaper, 50-66% material savings, including 60% reduction of REE content and >80% REE recyclability rate.

As this solution is still dependent on REE from China, HEFT will be aligned with the ERMA action plan towards a circular economy market of rare earth permanent magnets and suggests: one alternative magnet route (Ce based) and two REE recycled routes together with policies promotion towards the foundation of a European rare earths industry, capable of delivering 20% of EU demand by 2030.

HEFT plans 8 WPs to implement these concepts, where 5 research partners will be essential for developing innovative ideas around the design-to-x approach, while strong companies (GKN, MAGNETI, VYNCOLIT) will ensure that HEFT results have a clear market orientation and fulfil the industry needs.

HEFT plans to organise OEM workshops to ensure wide adoption of HEFT solutions, but also with policymakers to promote regulations towards the EU circular market that would help maintaining the leadership of EU companies, while increasing their competitiveness and job opportunities linked to the new circular business models.

Funding

Specific funding programme
HORIZON.2.5 - Climate, Energy and Mobility
HORIZON.2.5.7 - Clean, Safe and Accessible Transport and Mobility
HORIZON.2.5.6 - Industrial Competitiveness in Transport
Other Programme
HORIZON-CL5-2022-D5-01-09 Nextgen EV components: High efficiency and low cost electric motors for circularity and low use of rare resources (2ZERO)
Funding Source
Horizon Europe

Partners

Lead Organisation
Organisation
Mondragon Goi Eskola Politeknikoa Jose Maria Arizmendiarrieta S Coop
Address
LORAMENDI 4, 20500 ARRASATE, Spain
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€656 126
Partner Organisations
Organisation
VYNCOLIT NV
Address
WIEDAUWKAAI 6, 9000 GHENT, Belgium
EU Contribution
€729 063
Organisation
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
Address
VIA ZAMBONI 33, 40126 BOLOGNA, Italy
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€386 451
Organisation
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Address
OUDE MARKT 13, 3000 LEUVEN, Belgium
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€288 250
Organisation
GKN DRIVELINE ZUMAIA SA
Address
CALLE SAGARBIDEA 2, 20750 ZUMAIA, Spain
EU Contribution
€708 750
Organisation
Magneti Ljubljana Podjetje Za Proizvodnjo Magnetnih Materialov Dd
Address
Stegne 37, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
EU Contribution
€351 125
Organisation
IKERLAN S. COOP
Address
P JOSE MARIA ARIZMENDIARRIETA 2, 20500 MONDRAGON, Spain
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€356 750

Technologies

Technology Theme
Electric road vehicles
Technology
Electric motor with reduced rare earth materials use
Development phase
Research/Invention

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