From 2017 to 2020 CECOMP developed the R&D project “e-STES” (Same Type Elements System), aimed at the realisation of a prototype vehicle for which the equipment and individual components were manufactured according to the innovative principle of repeatability of elements. CECOMP played the lead role, coordinating all suppliers and partners.

The project enabled the following objectives to be pursued:

  • The definition of a product strategy to realise an electric vehicle with a reduced number of components, as they are applied in a specular manner on opposite sides and have the same geometry.
  • A research activity to identify how to realise the symmetries of the parts of the various sub-assemblies (chassis, body, interior/exterior trim).

Since this was a vehicle at the prototype stage and not yet at the series production stage, CECOMP engineers resorted to tooling (such as hammering models and lay-up models) and not to moulding dies, as it was assessed that the design of a mould and the associated use of resources, machinery and material to make it would have represented a waste of production. In fact, the e-STES vehicle model represents a show car, namely a robust and innovative styling solution, not yet destined for series production according to strict time and methods.

For this reason, the operational management assessed that the same amount of process hours, resources and material could be invested in an experimental activity that would increase the company’s know-how.

At the end of the project phase, the development of this prototype led to the following results:

  • The reduction in the number of different components as they are repeatable, with a view to future industrialisation.
  • The simplification of the various phases of design, production, assembly, logistics.

Overall, this project had a strong impact on the reduction of Time to Market and production costs with a consequent improvement of the impact on the environment.

ROP ERDF 2014-20 – Axis I. Specific objective I.1b.1.
Action I.1b.1.1 Call “IR2” Industrialisation of the research Results


In 2019, CECOMP developed the ARMEISTERBOCK R&D project, aimed at defining an augmented reality platform for training and support of operators on a dima or control gauge (Meisterbock).

The project enabled the following objectives to be pursued:

  • The learning of procedures and tools used for the inspection of components;
  • The improvement of operations by practising and memorising the tooling sequence;
  • The reduction of the probability of error during the process.

CECOMP took advantage of the company’s in-house know-how specifically on the use of Meisterbocks (control equipment) in the automotive field to create this virtual device. It is possible to receive instructions in real time for positioning and fixing the part on the control gauge, and measuring dimensional tolerances, guaranteeing speed and safety of the activities by means of a virtual animation to be followed by the operator.

The research study that was conducted for the development of the project included a preliminary elaboration of the CAD mathematics of the gauge and the part chosen to test the functionality of the device (front floor of the X80 car) by CECOMP technicians, from which the external consultant ILLOGIC was able to develop the platform software.

At the end of the project phase, the use of the virtual platform enabled the following objectives to be achieved:

  • The introduction of a control-check activity simultaneously with the work cycle, with a view to future industrialisation;
  • The automatically processing of control sheets, avoiding the subsequent quality control phases;
  • The verification by the operators of the absence of specific components of the part positioned on the gauge in real time, using the comparison with virtual reality.

Overall, the development of the device made it possible to reduce the time invested in learning by the operator in the testing department as a guided path was created, reducing the cycle waste time.

The “ARMEISTERBOCK” project is realised thanks to the co-financing of the ROP ERDF Piemonte 2014-2020
AXIS I Action I.1b.1.2 – Innovation Poles Line B
Pole: Smart Products and Manufacturing



From 2015 to 2019, CECOMP developed the WEEVIL R&D project at the European level (HORIZON 2020) aimed at the realisation of a new urban vehicle, i.e. a new L-category of three-wheeled vehicle that would be silent and energy efficient. The work carried out by CECOMP and its partners enabled the construction of a vehicle that is safe but at the same time attractive to the public, so as to minimise the barriers to its use.

WEEVIL’s innovative concept was made possible through a structure made of composite material and the use of a new production technology belonging to the Additive Manufacturing branch, called SLS (Selective Laser Sintering).

In addition, a PINCER (Parking Cross-distance Adapter) vehicle width-adjustment mechanism has been adopted to provide the driver with an incredibly agile vehicle capable of navigating narrow roads, moving easily through traffic and reducing the space needed to park. The variable-width mechanism, by exploiting its characteristic Y-shape and the action of the lateral forces exchanged between the wheel and the road surface, allows the vehicle to reduce the track width when travelling at low speed.

For the development of the research project, CECOMP was responsible for the manufacture, supply and assembly of the electric vehicle (EV) sub-systems and their mutual integration to build the EV prototype (Fig.3), demonstrating the key role assumed in contacting the various suppliers and partners. At the end of the realisation phase, numerous results were gathered, knowledge and know-how acquired by the company, with an enormous potential for exploitation that can be extended throughout Europe. In this respect, with a view to future industrialisation, the CECOMP technicians wanted to draw up business and replication plans for the model, promoting a “culture of innovation”.

Overall, the development of this European EV initiative has led to a significant expansion of the car fleet with clear benefits in terms of air quality, noise and environmental protection, as well as a reduction in traffic congestion and a potential domination of European industry in this type of market.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement n° 653926.
Funded by: H2020-EU.3.4.


During 2013, Cecomp began the feasibility study and preliminary design phases of the Risciò (rickshaw) project, which aimed to create a two/three-seat L-class recreational vehicle with two/three aligned seats, full electric drive with motors positioned on wheels and a lightweight aluminium chassis.

The vehicle was innovative for the type of recreational/touring application and for the architectural choice of chassis components, and had an influential impact on the company by increasing technical, technological and process knowledge, especially regarding the development and realisation of electric vehicles with lightweight chassis, reducing the vehicle’s weight and consequently its energy consumption.

In addition, the project was carried out with the future foresight of developing a composite or polymeric body, with the internal goal of acquiring further specific knowledge for the realisation of vehicles with high lightness and rigidity.


The iDea (Intelligent Diesel Engine Application) project was launched in 2007 as a result of a series of considerations on the evolution of individual mobility needs in Europe and in the world, and as a results of the desire to guarantee a high level of competitiveness for the Piedmont region in the near future. iDea, therefore, wanted to develop technological solutions anticipating the needs and requirements of diesel engines expected in 2020 and beyond, guaranteeing the level of performance and usability that this engine has earned in its evolution, running in parallel the development of traditional propulsion and its hybrid transformation.

The project is therefore based on the application of an innovative diesel engine, in line with future pollutant emission standards and highly efficient (target: <60 g/km of CO2), in a multi-mode hybrid architecture with a significant pure electric range (about 20 km) for circulation in ZTL areas, a hybrid drive for urban “stop-and-go” and a thermal-only drive in conditions of maximum engine efficiency.

The development of the project moved in parallel along two lines in which two solutions were studied and evaluated, with the Diesel stand-alone, for possible low-cost applications in non-European markets, and with a Diesel-hybrid plug-in propulsion architecture capable of satisfying the more sophisticated needs of developed markets.

The aim of the project can be summarised as the search for technological solutions for a small-sized Diesel engine oriented to:

  • Improve efficiency through reduced friction losses, reduced heat dissipation, waste heat recovery.
  • Minimising direct emissions of pollutants through optimisation of the combustion process.
  • Increase efficiency and compactness of exhaust after-treatment for more favourable packaging.
  • Further reducing fuel consumption through a specific hybrid architecture at a low cost.

The ‘iDea’ project is realised thanks to co-financing from the ERDF Piedmont 2007-2013
Axis I “Innovation and productive transition” Measure I.1.1 “Innovative platforms”


In 2015 Cecomp was commissioned to develop a prototype of a new concept vehicle suitable for goods and passenger transport service, category N1, to be built according to technical specifications drawn up by the CNR ITAE, with a new style that could not be traced back to that of standard commercial vehicles.

The technical specifications of the vehicle were set in advance to characterise its dimensions and performance in order to realise a vehicle particularly suitable for the distribution of goods and people with zero emissions.

The main innovative technical features of the project include:

  • A modular base frame made from specific aluminium extrusions reinforced with high-strength steel parts in order to keep weight as low as possible while guaranteeing the general performance expected for the vehicle as a whole.
  • Advanced and elevated driver’s position which, combined with the large glass surfaces, allows high visibility in all manoeuvring conditions.
  • Front axle prepared to accommodate both a transverse combustion engine and an electric axle in addition to the one on the rear axle. Possibility of installing an additional three separate battery packs to modulate energy requirements for different missions.
  • The rear suspension is of the bi-link type and ensures a high level of grip even when driving over rough terrain.
  • The steering chain required a non-standard solution due to the forward position of the cockpit and of the driver.

An element of particular importance for urban use is the footprint of the area occupied by the vehicle in relation to the load area (platform): the company’s design objective through benchmarking analysis was to maximise the payload ratio in a vehicle of intermediate dimensions between existing vehicles on the market while maintaining a high payload.

In addition to meeting the defined requirements, the platform developed was designed in a highly modular form, allowing hybrid propulsion solutions (bimodal transport solutions) and four-wheel drive (use in hilly or mountainous areas) to be adopted.