“We can perform research projects, master and bachelor thesis projects within ElectriCity, and thereby gain better dissemination and utilisation of our results”, says Per Lövsund, who calls on Chalmers researchers to contact him with ideas for new projects.
ElectriCity is now growing to include for example smaller trucks, such as waste trucks and distribution cars. This means exciting opportunities for several research areas, Per Lövsund explains. Self-driving vehicles, safety, community planning, noise, thermal optimization, control algorithms, vehicle dynamics, development and recycling of batteries and fuel cells, and charging station requirements are some examples of questions from different research fields, all of which can be studied within the framework of ElectriCity.
Researchers involved in ElectriCity have access to research platforms such as buses and other vehicles. The project’s demo arena also includes the new urban area Frihamnen and the development of south Chalmers Johanneberg Campus, with a stop for the ElectriCity bus. Here, safety aspects and new innovative solutions at the stop and interactions between vehicles and unprotected road users can be studied.
The fact that ElectriCity enters a new phase has already generated new research at Chalmers.
“One project about bus trains and one about autonomous docking at bus stops are just about to take off”, says Per Lövsund. “Another project investigates how bus drivers experience the effects of the Volvo Dynamic Steering system.”
A workshop is planned to be held at Chalmers to formulate projects on low-frequency noise in urban environment, modeling of noise impact and safety issues regarding quiet buses at bus stops.
“In the long run, perhaps other sectors could be included as well. I personally think that the marine sector would be interesting”, says Per Lövsund. “Chalmers has great competence in this field, for example through SSPA and Lighthouse.”
ElectriCity has run in Gothenburg for two years and is a collaboration between industry, academia and society, where the participants develop and test solutions for tomorrow’s sustainable public transport. The electric and hybrid buses of route 55, where different technology solutions are tested and developed, run between the two campuses of Chalmers. The project has created a lot of international interest.
“The international attention has given us new networks and new interesting research topics”, concludes Per Lövsund.
Are you a Chalmers researcher and have a project idea for ElectriCity? Contact Chalmers coordinator Per Lövsund, email@example.com
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Text: Christian Boström, Emilia Lundgren