AEROFLEX – Aerodynamic and Flexible Trucks for Next Generation of Long Distance Road Transport   


Vision and Objectives

The overall objective of the AEROFLEX project is to develop and demonstrate new technologies, concepts and architectures for complete vehicles that are energy efficient, safe, comfortable, configurable and cost-effective, while ensuring that the varying needs of customers are satisfied by being flexible and adaptable with respect to the continuously changing operational conditions.

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Concept and Approach

The overall Concept and Approach of AEROFLEX is based on the input from other projects with respect to technologies, logistics and infrastructure. First activities are mapping, quantifying and predicting of the European freight transport market for the period 2018 – 2035.
The innovative truck technologies (from TRL5 to TRL6/7) are:
– An Advanced Energy Management Powertrain (AEMPT) architecture and control for distributed electric hybrid powertrains, including a smart steerable dolly;
– Smart Loading Units for overall efficiency gains for volume and weight freight;
– A wide range of Aerodynamic Features and devices for the Complete Vehicle, a selection will be made from: Active / passive geometry and Active / passive flow control
– An study on Innovative Front End Design to ensure survivability of vulnerable road users in crashes up to 50 km/h.

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" In the AEROFLEX project, IVECO has the responsibility of work package 5 with the task of study an Innovative Front End Design for more Safety. IVECO coordinates the activities related to the development of an innovative safer truck front end,.. Read more
"The quantity of goods to be transported has risen sharply in recent years. It is therefore paramount to develop new technologies that reduce fuel consumption and at the same time increase the efficiency of freight transport...Read more
" TNO is proud and happy to be part of the Aeroflex consortium. Our main drive and goal is to support the development of efficient long haul transport.. Read more
"I expect the Aeroflex project to deliver the demonstration that new vehicle architecture are a key lever to tackle the stakes of CO2 emission of freight road transport. We also support the project to explain how the tires are involved in this new vehicle performance" Frederic Domprobst - Michelin
“By participating in AEROFLEX we wish to grow our network and sharpen our abilities in the field of heavy vehicle aerodynamics, develop novel concepts, and ultimately, strengthen our portfolio of product innovations”, Torbjörn Larsson, Senior Technical Specialist & Team Leader, Creo Dynamics". Torbjörn Larsson - CREO
"In the AEROFLEX project, Prof. Robert Thomson, Dr. András Bálint, Dr. Giulio Bianchi Piccinini and Ron Schindler at Chalmers University are responsible to collect and analyze existing field data and prepare scenarios for assessment of safety impact of the project. Read more..
“The AEROFLEX project provides a unique opportunity for us to prepare the integration of the entire vehicle's aerodynamics, unlocking the future-generation performance levels that our customers desire and deserve”. Michiel van Nesselrooij - DAF
"Road freight transport is the dominant transport mode in EU, which cannot meet the future environmental targets, if remains unchanged. AEROFLEX with its goals builds a bridge towards more sustainable, productive and profitable road freight transport. Read more..
“Aeroflex is about developing new vehicle concepts, but priorities have to be set based on market demand. At TML, our aim is to help discover the elements of market demand for freight and logistic services that will be most relevant in the future. Read more.. 


The AEROFLEX project interacts through its partners to several FP7 and Horizon2020 related projects. Examples are: TRANSFORMERS (FP7) and ECOCHAMPS (H2020). Furthermore, it will actively participate in the acitvities organised by the European Green Vehicles Initiatives of which the project is part. Read more