DOMUS - Newsletter I - October 2018
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Facts & Figures

Project full name: Design OptiMisation for efficient electric vehicles based on a USer-centric approach
Acronym: DOMUS
Duration: 42 months
Start date: November 2017
Total budget: 8.96 M€
EC Funding: 8.96 M€
EC Contract number: 769902

Third General Assembly

After a successful second GA in Coventry, UK. The Third General Assembly will be held on 10 & 11 December 2018. The consortium partner Hutchinson will host the meeting in Châlette-sur-Loing, France.



DOMUS Consortium

The consortium consists of 18 partners from 10 different European countries


- Toyota Motor Europe
- Volvo Car Group
- Faurecia Seating
- Hutchinson
- Coventry University - Virtual Vehicle
- Uniresearch
- Faurecia Interiors
- FCA Group

European Commission

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 769902. 


Introduction by the coordinator - IDIADA

The DOMUS – Design OptiMisation for efficient electric vehicles based on a USer-centric approach – project is a three and a half-year research project funded by the EC within the Horizon 2020 programme.

The project, coordinated by IDIADA Automotive Technology, was launched on November 1st 2017, and aims at reducing the overall energy consumption of future EVs in order to increase 25% of the electric range for different ambient conditions.
The user-centric approach in the DOMUS is devoted at providing a new methodology of new EV's design, in which also non-traditional user conditions and characteristics are considered in order to provide a tailored and efficency-optimised comfort solution.
A deeper knowledge of comfort perception is the first step to reach the goals. Generating the beyond-state of the art understanding on the impact of non-traditional factors in comfort perception, and generating the structure to integrate the results is a main point the consortium has been busy with during the first months.
A series of workshops have been performed to develop and harmonise the experimental protocol and the disruptive cabin design methodology, taking into special consideration both current and forthcoming user requirements. - Guillem Badia, IDIADA

First results for the DOMUS project

In Deliverable 1.1, led by Coventry University, the priority factors for estimating comfort have been researched and described. It is a precursor to deliverable D1.3, which will provide the DOMUS comfort model and is intended to communicate information about which factors are important to other work packages and parts of the consortium. By and large, the method for selecting factors is based on a literature review on thermal comfort models and related aspects. Read more...

DOMUS Design Workshop - developing innovative and disruptive cabin designs for electric vehicles (EV)

On July 5th, 2018 DOMUS work package 2 held a workshop in Munich to support the goal of developing innovative and disruptive cabin designs for electric vehicles (EV). The workshop was led by Virtual Vehicle, participating partners were Toyota Motor Europe, Volvo, CRF, IKA, and IDIADA.

The goal was to identify the design hurdles that human-centered cabin designs would need to address while facilitating the DOMUS targeted EV range increases of 25 % and assuring driver and passenger comfort and safety. Read more...

DOMUS Workshop – Towards a more holistic comfort model

One of the objectives of the DOMUS project is to improve the electric drive range across a wide extent of ambient conditions while maintaining an acceptable level of comfort. Looking at this challenge from a user centric perspective it appears of high importance to better understand factors influencing users’ perception of comfort in a vehicle.

On July 19 a 1-day workshop was organised by TME and IKA at Munich airport. The aim of the workshop was to prepare the experimental work aiming to enrich existing thermal comfort model with new moderating factors and the acoustic comfort dimension in order to create a more holistic comfort model (WP1). Attendees included all partners involved in experimentation (COV, CRF, IKA, TME, ViF), in the modelling (COV) as well as DOMUS technical coordinator (IDIADA). Read more...

DOMUS project represented at the EUCAR Affordability and Competitiveness Programme Board meeting

The DOMUS coordination team was invited to participate at the EUCAR's Affordability and Competitiveness Programme Board meeting, that took place in Brussels on June 7th. The user-centric development approach for the next-generation EVs was presented algonside with the project's technical approach, objectives and expected impact. The participants in the Affordability and Competetiveness Programme Board Meeting showed great interest in the project's evolution and partial results. The presentation is available upon request.


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