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Commercial Vehicles

Commercial vehicles are a key part of the modern transportation mix and pose unique challenges for vehicle, engine, transmissions and driveline engineering, as well as in the operational optimization of the logistics industry. With its dedicated team of commercial vehicle specialists and deep technical knowledge and experience of the sector, Ricardo is a strong partner that is ideally placed to assist commercial vehicle customers.

A comprehensive and global commercial vehicle development service:

  • Powertrain and vehicle development capability from concept design to turn-key programmes including production implementation support
  • Leading edge technologies for performance and emissions upgrades, troubleshooting and problem resolution
  • Benchmark evaluation of competitor products and target setting – access to the extensive Ricardo commercial vehicle product benchmarking database
  • State-of-the-art CAE tools for the design, optimization and calibration of engines, drivelines and vehicles
  • Leading edge electronics and control technology
  • Full prototype and niche manufacturing and assembly facilities
  • Design for low cost manufacture, optimum fuel economy and low emissions
  • Comprehensive prototype manufacture and assembly facilities
  • NVH, pass-by noise and sound quality optimization
  • Comprehensive powertrain, driveline and vehicle development and validation testing capabilities
  • Hybridization and electrification, including battery, fuel cell and energy management and storage system development
  • Life cycle cost optimization and warranty management

Key benefits of the Ricardo service:

  • A global team of technical experts who understand commercial vehicles and are familiar with the demanding needs of their manufacturers and operators
  • World-renowned expertise in powertrain and vehicle engineering – providing imaginative and innovative commercial vehicle engineering solutions
  • A global developer of new commercial vehicle technologies including ultra low emissions and high fuel-efficiency combustions systems
  • Access to the proven and powerful Ricardo Software suite of CAE products
  • A flexible and collaborative approach providing tailored, innovative and imaginative solutions on a global basis, including technology transfer and training, and on-site engineering support as required


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