Programme board for automotive research
The programme board for automotive research (PFF) was founded in 1994 to facilitate cooperation between Sweden’s automotive industry and relevant government agencies.
PFF’s overarching objectives were:
- To oversee the implementation of programmes within the field of automotive technology
- To facilitate the coordination of participating government agencies’ R&D efforts within the field of automotive technology
- To serve as a forum for the discussion and analysis of relevant issues within the automotive sector
The partners involved in PFF were AB Volvo, Fordonskomponentgruppen AB, Saab Automobile AB, Scania CV AB, Volvo Personvagnar AB, the Swedish Energy Agency, the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, Vinnova and the Swedish Road Administration (now the Swedish Transport Administration). You can access relevant documents concerning PFF’s research below.
PFF’s five research programmes
- Vehicle research programme (FFP)
- The partnership programme run jointly by the state and vehicle manufacturers concerning the development of “greener” vehicles (Green car 1)
- Green car 2
- Emissions research programme (EMFO)
- Intelligent Vehicle Safety Systems (IVSS)
Vehicle research programme (FFP)
This programme aimed to strengthen the Swedish automotive industry’s competitiveness on the international stage. It did so by providing support for automotive technology research in selected areas, thereby generating a world-class pool of expertise and human resources within Sweden on which to draw as well as first-class research results. The prioritised areas were safety, the environment and cost/quality.
The programme endeavoured to create the right conditions for developing both vehicles and vehicle components that were capable of satisfying sweeping requirements concerning reductions in emissions into the natural environment, the reduction of environmental impact and fuel consumption. The programme’s budget was SEK 180 million, of which 90 million comprised public funds.
Green Car 1
This programme’s objective was to use R&D to create more environmentally-friendly automotive technology that could be incorporated into future products to give them “greener” properties and, thereby, also to make them more competitive. Developing more environmentally-friendly vehicles and vehicle components hastens the transition to road transportation with an environmental impact that is acceptable in the long term.
The programme’s total budget was SEK 1.816 billion, of which SEK 545 million constituted public funds. The programme ran from 2000 to 2007.
Green Car 2
Green car 2 was intended to promote the development of more environmentally-friendly technology in Sweden, with the dual benefit that the Swedish automotive industry’s growth and competitiveness would also be bolstered in the long term. Developing more environmentally-friendly vehicles and vehicle components hastens the transition to sustainable road transportation with an environmental impact that is acceptable in the long term.
The programme’s total budget was SEK 804 million, of which SEK 282 million constituted public funds. The programme ran from 2006 to 2008.
Emissions research programme (EMFO)
The purpose of the Emissions research programme (EMFO) was to provide Swedish industry and government agencies with access to the knowledge required to develop vehicles and vehicle components with a focus on sustainability.
EMFO dealt with emissions that occur in connection with vehicles travelling on public roads as well as emissions from tractors and heavy machinery. In the context of the programme, ‘emissions’ included both air and noise pollution. Fumes and emissions from tyres and roadways were also included in addition to exhaust emissions.
The programme aimed to generate knowledge that would later be made widely available as well as conveyed to and used by those working in research, development and education. This knowledge would enable Swedish industry and government agencies to find the ground-breaking solutions needed to help vehicles evolve in a positive direction.