Key Info

Basic Information

Prof. Dr. Lutz Eckstein
Prof. Dr. Jakob Andert
Prof. Dr. Stefan Pischinger
Faculty / Institution:
Mechanical Engineering
Societal Challenges
Project duration:
01.09.2016 to 31.08.2019
EU contribution:
6.625.977,14 euros
  EU flag This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 713783.  


IMplementation of Powertrain Control for Economic and Clean Real driving emIssion and fuel ConsUMption


Fuel economy is a key aspect to reduce operating costs and improve efficiency of freight traffic, thus increasing truck competitiveness. The main objective of the IMPERIUM project (IMplementation of Powertrain Control for Economic and Clean Real driving EmIssion and ConsUMption) is to achieve fuel consumption reduction by 20% (diesel and urea) whilst keeping the vehicle within the legal limits for pollutant emissions. The approach relies on three stages targeting the improvement of the control strategy:

* Direct optimisation of the control of the main components (engine, exhaust after-treatment, transmission, waste heat recovery, e-drive) to maximize their performances.

* Global powertrain energy manager to coordinate the different energy sources and optimize their use depending on the current driving situation.

* Providing a more comprehensive understanding of the mission (eHorizon, mission-based learning) such that the different energy sources can be planned and optimized on a long term.


  • AVL List GmbH, Austria (Coordinator)
  • DAF Trucks N.V., Netherlands
  • FPT Motorenforschung AG, Switzerland
  • Iveco S.p.A., Italy
  • Volvo Technology AB, Sweden
  • Honeywell, spol. s.r.o., Czechia
  • Robert Bosch GmbH, Germany
  • Continental Automotive GmbH, Germany
  • FEV Europe GmbH, Germany
  • Ricardo Consulting Engineers Limited, United Kingdom
  • Chalmers Tekniska Hoegskola AB, Sweden
  • České vysoké učení technické v Praze, Czechia
  • Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Netherlands