The Hybrid Commercial Vehicle (HCV) project aims to develop urban buses and delivery vehicles with advanced second generation of energy efficient hybrid electric powertrains.

Sub-Project 6000 - Drive cycles, market study and demonstration

The main objectives in SP6000 are to identify/solve market obstacles with respect to the following aspects:

  1. Lack of suitable test cycles and procedures,
  2. Harmonisation of communication protocols,
  3. Proposal for standards for secure testing procedures for High voltage components
  4. Demonstration of hybrid vehicles to the public
  5. Identify other obstacles in cooperation with the Hybrid User Forum

In SP6000 data from other Sub-Projects will be gathered and used to develop a representative hybrid test cycle. This test cycle will be used to validate the simultaneously developed hybrid test procedure on three types of hybrid vehicles. The validation of the test procedure will be done in a Climate Altitude Chamber at TNO. In this chamber transient testing of both light and heavy duty engines and vehicles can be done according to emission standards.

Heavy-duty vehicle emissions testing in extreme ambient conditions

To enable a secure testing environment, also for high-voltage components like batteries and power converters, the basic security regulations will be merged with best-practice solutions to create a new and comprehensive safety standard for hybrid component and power train test beds. These standards will also help to bring down development costs significantly in the future.

Furthermore an integrated approach is established to enable the exchange of real-time capable simulation models in a fast and secure way between development partners. To enable integrated simulation of new concepts on the developed drive cycles for partners without the need to disclose their intellectual property.

An other task with is this Sub-Project deals obstacles that could work against a successful market introduction of HD-hybrid trucks and buses.

  • Market aspects will be identified with in cooperation with the Hybrid User Forum and investigations within the consortium.
  • Safety aspects will be identified in cooperation with the institute KEMA.
  • And integration aspects will be tackled with a proposal for a communication standard to enable easy components swapping.

Furthermore three heavy-duty hybrid distribution trucks will be prepared and demonstrated by DAF, 2 in England and 1 in the Netherlands and an early second generation Hybrid bus will be demonstrated in three cities across Europe.

Involved partners and activities


  • Supply input for cycle development


  • Development of safety standards for high voltage components testing
  • Development of Methodologies and tools for secure model exchange
  • Develop tools for consistent use of virtual drive cycles throughout the development


  • SP and WP management
  • Support development and validation of the hybrid test cycle and procedure
  • Investigate safety related aspects of hybrid vehicle development and use
  • Identify market obstacles in cooperation with HUF
  • Supply input requirements for communication protocol standardization
  • Demonstrate three hybrid distribution trucks.


  • Support in validation of hybrid test cycle and procedure
  • Demonstration of Hybrid bus


  • Development and validation in a climate altitude chamber of a hybrid test cycle and test procedure
  • Proposal for standardisation of communication protocol


  • Supplies input on market requirements with respect to safety and communication protocols
  • Operates and measures hybrid busses in three locations in Europe.


  • Supply input for cycle development
Info master Last edited on 2010-12-01