EU Projects

For several years now CLEPA has been a regular and trusted partner in EU projects funded by the European Commission.

ENSEMBLE project

Multi-brand Truck Platooning becoming a reality in Europe via ENSEMBLE project

The ENSEMBLE consortium will implement and demonstrate multi-brand truck platooning on European roads over the next three years (2018-2021). This paves the way for the adoption of multi-brand truck platooning in Europe that will improve fuel economy, CO2 emissions, traffic capacity and throughput for the road freight sector, where several European automotive suppliers will support the OEM implementations.

The main aim of the ENSEMBLE project is to ensure safe platooning when using different branded trucks and carry out impact assessment for infrastructure, road safety and traffic flow. Traffic and road authorities will be approached to jointly define road approval requirements. Platoon Operation Levels will be defined to guide the design of different platooning functionalities and strategies, reflecting the full diversity of trucks with platooning functionality.

Through real-world testing across national borders the impact on traffic, infrastructure and logistics will be assessed, whilst gathering relevant data of safety-relevant scenarios and necessitating harmonisation of approval requirements.

With the possibility of multi-brand platooning available for trucks driving on European roads, a single truck can form a platoon with any other truck. This could result in fuel savings for a large group of vehicles on today’s roads. Moreover, it will influence traffic flow, especially on highly congested corridors. Platoons will appear in normal traffic, causing smoother traffic and higher vehicle density and thus improving road throughput. Thanks to automated dynamic control between the trucks, truck operations are safer and less stressful. At highway entries, exits and junctions platoons will automatically increase vehicle gaps to give way to other road users.




Development and Research on Innovative Vocational Education Skills – The DRIVES project
Starting 1 January 2018, the project “Development and Research on Innovative Vocational Education Skills” (DRIVES) – a Sector Skills Alliance within the Erasmus+ programme – brings together the European automotive industry, training centers, local public authorities and other relevant stakeholders for the development of automotive skills, with a view to address the challenge of the skills shortage.

The aim of the project is to enable the realization of the aims of the Blueprint, namely the delivery of human capital solutions to supply chain SMEs through the establishment of an Automotive Sector Skills Alliance covering all levels of the value chain (vehicle production, automotive suppliers and automotive sales and aftermarket services).

Contact person: Pilar Pérez (

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Safe and Connected Automation in Road Transport – The SCOUT project

Starting 1 July 2016, the project “Safe and COnnected aUtomation in road Transport” (SCOUT) – a Coordination and Support Action within the Horizon 2020 programme – will develop viable pathways for the large-scale rollout of high-degree automated driving in Europe.

The project will bring together the automotive, telecom and ICT industries in order to conceive use cases and business models that will best leverage the investments into technology development and infrastructure deployment. User needs and expectations as well as technical and non-technical gaps will be analyzed and the results will be condensed into a cross-sectorial roadmap.

SCOUT will have its public kick-off event at this year’s AMAA conference. The first conference day will host a round-table discussion with members of the SCOUT consortium, discussing “Cross-sectorial innovation for high-level automation“.


Contact person: Alessandro Coda (

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Coordination of Automated Road Transport in Europe -The CARTRE project

CARTRE is a Support Action to accelerate development and deployment of automated road transport by increasing market and policy certainties. To achieve this, CARTRE will support the development of clearer and more consistent policies for EU Member States in collaboration with industry players, ensuring that automated road transport systems and services are compatible at EU level and are deployed in a coherent way.

Other objectives include: the creation of a solid knowledgebase of all European activities, to support current activities and structure research outcomes by enablers and thematic areas; to setup a platform for sharing and re-using data and experiences from different automated road transport systems; to actively support Field Operational Tests (FOTs) and pilots carried out at National and European levels; and to work on future visions, potential impacts and research gaps in the deployment of automated road transport.


Contact person: Alessandro Coda (

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European Sector Skills Council for the Automotive Industry

The European Sector Skills Council for the Automotive Industry is an 18-month project, funded by the European Commission DG Employment, which aims to establish a networking platform focused on skills issues in the automotive sector. Project partners CLEPA, ETRMA and industriAll – with the support of ACEA and CEEMET – have been trusted with the establishment of this networking platform which will enable and facilitate the exchange of best practices at European level in terms of anticipating and managing skills requirements for the automotive industry. In order to realise this objective, the Skills Council will be set up from a broad range of stakeholders, such as industry representatives (employers’ organisations and trade unions), research institutes, automotive clusters, public authorities and training providers.

For more information please contact Nathalie Gminder :

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The main objective of this project is the design, development and validation of a complete in wheel motor assembly prototype (electric motor, power electronics, reduction gear, structural parts and wheel), based on a McPherson corner suspension topology, to meet the defined car top level specifications. The main technical risks associated with the use of an in-wheel concept are the thermal stress under extreme operation conditions, vehicle dynamics, driveability, safety and durability.

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GO4SEM – Global Opportunities for SMEs in Electro-Mobility

The GO4SEM project will detect and analyse the specific technology and product needs in emerging e-mobility supply chains in global automotive markets outside Europe. It will use this analysis to assess and evaluate strengths and weaknesses of global e-mobility supply chains and define possible opportunities for European SME’s for a competitive entry in those supply chains, whereby a special focus on ICT will be taken. As such it will indicate R&D priorities for the European SMEs and other stakeholders in order to improve or develop the adequate technologies for these opportunities. As a consequence, the GO4SEM project will give input through the core group members and the associated partners assisting the European Commission in setting up ICT focused research agendas for Horizon 2020 and the future European Green Vehicles Initiative PPP, especially with respect to dedicated initiatives targeted SMEs. In addition, since the complete e-mobility supply chain is considered, it can be expected that in these recommendations will stimulate discussions and agendas in other areas.

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iMobility Challenge – Promoting energy efficient, safe and sustainable mobility

iMobility Challenge is a 24 months project aimed at demonstrating, promoting and boosting the deployment of ICT systems for efficient and sustainable mobility. The project will highlight both off-the-shelf products (i.e. technologies that have just been launched on the market) and emerging technologies addressed by current research. In particular focus will be placed on current EU Research conducted in the field of cooperative systems for energy efficient and sustainable mobility.

Intelligent mobility is notably characterised by efforts to better integrate and connect intelligent drivers, intelligent cars and intelligent infrastructures together, and this can be achieved through cooperative systems. The benefits of ICT systems for efficient and sustainable mobility should be better disseminated to end-users, decision-makers, the research community and the industry. The added value of iMobility Challenge will be to raise awareness of such benefits among those distinct target groups.

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Anticipation of Change in the Automotive Industry

The European project “Anticipation of Change in the Automotive Industry” started its second phase in December 2009. Co-financed by the EC DG Employment and Social Affairs it will run until the end of October 2010. The main objective is to gather all relevant stakeholders to review the evolution of the automotive sector, to open a dialogue between the different actors and to help them to adapt to the change.

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The Auto-Gration Project

The Auto-Gration project is aimed at providing a technical assistance service, on the basis of a tender issued by DG Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission, by developing an analysis study, an interoperability reference architecture and a set of pilot prototypes for the harmonisation of business processes and data exchange architectures and standards, at European or international level, within the automotive sector, to facilitate the participation of SMEs in global digital supply chains. Its ultimate objective is to create a favourable environment that will stimulate and enable the uptake of ICT and eBusiness technologies, notably by SMEs, in this highly SME-intensive sector in Europe.

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eSafety Challenge Project

The eSafety Challenge is a European Commission-funded project that focuses on innovative vehicle safety technologies and the potential lives to be saved on the roads through increased deployment of these technologies. An important obstacle for deployment is the lack of awareness among both policymakers and end users, which is affecting policy support, user expectations and readiness for change.

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