The project

LIFE-SAVE (Solar Aided Vehicle Electrification, LIFE16 ENV / IT / 000442) is a project funded by the European LIFE program

Project information


The LIFE-SAVE project (Solar Aided Vehicle Electrification, for the development and industrialization of the HySolarKit system to convert cars into hybrid-solar vehicles, with very low costs compared to the purchase of a new hybrid or electric vehicle. LIFE-SAVE is to produce a version of this technology ready to be placed on the market (TRL=9) In parallel, the qualifying objective of LIFE-SAVE is to encourage the creation of a corporate entity among the project partners to industrialization and marketing of the product.

The motivations

CO2 emissions

Currently, transports are responsible for 63% of global oil consumption and 29% of CO2 emissions and achieving a more efficient, flexible and safer (and less invasive) transport for the environment is now an essential objective

EU objectives

The European Union is committed to reaching a ceiling of CO2 emissions of 95g / km by 2020 and with additional restrictions expected by 2025 (68-78g / km)

EU restrictions

The 2008 Air Quality Directive has also limited emissions of nitric oxide (NOx) and all major countries in Europe want to achieve a higher degree of energy independence and implement a transport system no longer based only on an intense use of oil

Electric vehicles growing

The statistics also show an increase in the number of electric vehicles in the European Union, motivated by the choice of consumers and an automotive industry in costant transition
A sustainable and achievable solution


The best option would be the electric car but several problems are still to overcome. Above all a mass conversion to electric cars is not achievable in the short term, for various reasons:

  • it would be necessary a remarkable growth of the electric production and obtained from a renewable source (otherwise the objective of reduction of the CO² would be vanished)
  • the current electricity grid would be in crisis by a general recourse to the recharging of electric vehicles, before major adjustments to the network structure and its “philosophy” (Smart-Grid)
  • the charging power of the batteries is still too low, so the charging times are much higher (even up to a factor of 100!) compared to those we are used to with motor vehicles
  • hybrid vehicles are certainly a good solution in the short and medium term to the demand for cars that consume and pollute less

Even in this case, a large-scale transition to the hybrid traction would clash with some problems: the cost of the hybrid, more expensive than traditional cars and especially the need to scrap a large part of the circulating delivery, often made up of cars still in good condition

HySolarKit, on the other hand, converts cars into hybrid-solar vehicles with a low cost, thus reducing consumption and emissions, accessing restricted traffic areas, increasing autonomy and vehicle performance and avoiding the use of cars that are often still in good condition. conditions, premising their reuse, which is one of the pillars of sustainability

Developed by Simone Di Paolo