The development of Electric Vehicles (EV's), either fully electric (BEV…battery electric vehicle) or different hybrids (like HEV… hybrid electric vehicles or PHEV…plug-in hybrids), is an undeniable prerequisite to fulfill the worldwide emission targets for transport even within the next 10-15 years. The conventional development methods and tools on the other hand, are so far only optimized for the development of vehicles with ICE engines only and not well designed to develop EV's at all. To close this gap, the research in ASTERICS is focused on simulation and testing methods as well as tools that enable the optimal, cost efficient and safe development of EV's. Realistic driving cycles for e-vehicles, models for e-components, test procedures, test equipment and tools as well as system simulation and evaluation have been investigated in, which lasted 3 years (Oct. 2012 – Sept. 2015) and involved 10 partners (OEM: CRV, Volvo; Supplier: AVL, Siemens SAS/SISW, Thien eDrives, GustavKlein; Research: see above).
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