Sustainable Vehicle Technologies (SVT)

A sustainable transport system requires new solutions for propulsion systems and vehicle concepts. The research within this profile area targets solutions for a highly energy efficient transport system, that uses renewable energy sources, have no net emissions of greenhouse gases and no other harmful emissions to the environment.


Passenger and freight transportation contributes globally to about one fifth of the energy use and of the energy related carbon dioxide emissions. Many projections indicate that energy use and carbon dioxide emissions from transport could rise sharply in the future. To address this challenge the Swedish Government has the ambition of a vehicle fleet for road-based transport independent of fossil fuels already in 2030.
 
The research within the Sustainable Vehicle Technologies profile should contribute to sustainable and energy efficient vehicle design and operation. Our vision is a highly energy efficient transport system, that uses renewable energy sources, have no net emissions of greenhouse gases and no other harmful emissions to the environment.


The profile area Sustainable Vehicle Technologies is shared between two of Chalmers Areas of Advance; Energy and Transport.

Research areas

Sustainable Vehicle Technologies mainly conducts research and innovation within four areas:
  • Combustion engine research
    Research in this field encompasses internal combustion engines and after-treatment systems and aims at increasing the energy efficiency and reducing the exhaust emissions.
  • Electric and hybrid vehicles
    This active research field comprises hybrid powertrain design and control, electric motors and converters, and energy storage systems.
  • Vehicle concepts and design
    The research in this field encompasses reduced resistance, noise reduction, advanced structures and materials, as well as maintenance, durability, and robustness.
  • Systems perspectives on vehicles
    Research in this field comprises systems analysis, policy and market formation analysis, recycling of vehicle components, emissions measurements, vehicle environmental assessments, and strategies for eco-operation.

Related research centres


CERC -
Combustion engine research centre
KCK​ - Compentence centre for catalysis
Swedish Electromobility Centre
CHARMEC - Competence centre for railway mechanics
F3 Swedish knowledge centre for renewable transportation fuels
Lighthouse - Maritime competence centre

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Published: Fri 12 Nov 2010. Modified: Thu 11 Oct 2018