In 2001 the EC supported project SUVA (Surplus Value Hybrid) was launched with a duration of three years. The aim of this project was the development of a marketable and cost- effective hybrid powertrain by a common effort between two university institutes and three car-manufacturers, who built up one demonstration vehicle each.
Main targets were a significant reduction in fuel consumption and therefore higher energy efficiency and a conception and functionality, which is likely to be fully accepted by the customers.
- Analysis of suitable car concepts
- Definition of power output and battery capacity
- Development of components to be built in car models
- Control tests
- Optimisation of hybrid-specific functions
The project was successfully finished at the end of 2003 so that three prototype vehicles are available. They validate the expectations from the concept definition phase and can be used for further development in the future.