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XCORE

XCORE: Enabling breakthrough weight reduction for the next generation of cars

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Project "XCORE" data sheet

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Coordinator
DONKERVOORT AUTOMOBIELEN BV 

Organization address
address: PASCALLAAN 96
city: LELYSTAD
postcode: NL-8218 NJ
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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Project website http://www.donkervoort.com
 Total cost 71˙429 €
 EC max contribution 50˙000 € (70%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.2.1.5. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies - Advanced manufacturing and processing)
2. H2020-EU.2.1.3. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies - Advanced materials)
3. H2020-EU.2.3.1. (Mainstreaming SME support, especially through a dedicated instrument)
4. H2020-EU.2.1.2. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies – Nanotechnologies)
 Code Call H2020-SMEINST-1-2016-2017
 Funding Scheme SME-1
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-07-01   to  2016-12-31

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1    DONKERVOORT AUTOMOBIELEN BV NL (LELYSTAD) coordinator 50˙000.00

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 Project objective

The main objective of the overall innovation project is to provide a technical solution, XCORE, for cost-efficient production of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastics (CFRP) structural components for the automotive industry. This breakthrough innovation enables Europe to create the next generation, low emission and high safety car.

European climate policy sets mandatory emission reduction targets for new cars. Car weight reduction with a CFRP chassis is an effective measure to reduce fuel consumption, increase passenger safety and extend electric and hybrid vehicles range. The mainstream automotive industry has not adopted CFRP for chassis production due to the high costs of CFRP production.

XCORE has an overall cost reduction of 40% with respect to conventional CFRP manufacturing. XCORE uses an expanding foam with gas filled thermoplastic microspheres in a closed mould to create the high pressure necessary for curing, while conventional production is based on expensive autoclave technology.

The key market consists of the car manufacturing companies in Europe, which produce yearly 17.3 million vehicles. The ambition of Donkervoort is a 10% market share of chassis production with XCORE in 2023. The XCORE chassis reduces the car weight with 10 to 12%, resulting in a yearly European fuel consumption reduction of 1.21 billion litres, a cost reduction of EUR 1.17 billion and reduction of 3 billion kilogramme of CO2.

In this feasibility assessment the final hurdles will be taken towards an Europe wide market introduction supported by a convincing demonstration with two large car manufacturing companies. The technical feasibility of reducing cycle time and fully automate the production process of XCORE on a commercial scale is assessed. The economic viability depends on substantiating the environmental and economic benefits, creating a competent consortium for executing the demonstration project, and writing a strong market implementation roadmap.

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