This is a strong research area at LiU, where multidisciplinary and industry-related research is carried out in electric and hybrid vehicles, as well as diesel and petrol vehicles. Four well-equipped vehicle laboratories ensure sound research and education.

Energy and environmental performance are studied, both in passenger cars and heavy vehicles. Studies are made of soft issues, such as driver behaviour and the willingness of drivers to accept and learn new technologies and aids as well as heavy technical areas.

Examples include automated construction, mechanics of materials and crash safety, sensor systems and computer vision, aerodynamics, battery technology, mechatronics, hydraulic systems and different types of engines.

The vehicle laboratory is also connected with a simulator at VTI. You can test drive a car in the simulator located in the vehicle laboratory.



Two scientists in the hydraulic lab.

Research is needed when electricity replaces diesel

Did you think that all it takes is changing an excavator’s diesel engine for an electric one? Well, it’s not that simple. The hydraulics can actually be adapted to the many advantages of the electric engine.

a mechatronic car component

Robots aid in remanufacturing

Remanufacturing is a way to preserve the value of products that have already been manufactured. Researchers at Linköping University, LiU, have shown the potential of automation in repair and remanufacturing.

Petter Ekman

Fluid mechanics to improve fuel consumption

Cars today must be certified for fuel consumption and emissions. Petter Ekman shows in his doctoral thesis how car manufacturers can make considerable resource savings for estimations of aerodynamics effects even from small geometrical details.