The ‘WIPH/RHINO’ Project

 Multi-purpose engineering vehicle with hybrid drive.

Project purposes:

The goal of the ‘WIPH/RHINO’ project is to design and build a demonstrator of an engineering vehicle with a hybrid drive for transportation and engineering work and for emergency rescue and evacuation of personnel and equipment. 

This 5-ton vehicle will be intended for anyone who needs to move on difficult terrain (construction workers, geodesists, foresters, flood rescue services, service technicians, etc.).

The vehicle will have a powered attachment for installation of specialized engineering equipment. The vehicle will be highly mobile in difficult terrain, moving with a speed of up to 70 km/h on public roads.

The drive and steering systems will be controlled manually and remotely, with an option for autonomous operation.

Program name: Applied research program

Project value: PLN 4,900,000

Amount of subsidy: PLN 4,900,000

Project implementation timeframe: 01/01/2013 – 31/12/2015

Project type: National research project

Coordinator: Silesian University of Technology


  • Industrial Research Institute for Automation and Measurements PIAP
  • R&D Institute for Machinery, ‘OBRUM’ Sp. z o.o.

Project financed by the National R&D Centre as part of the Applied Research Program