Electric & Hybrid Drives

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Electric Drives offer considerable potential for saving fuel and reducing emissions, especially in urban traffic. In order to ensure the successful use of these systems in future generations of vehicles, they must be functionally designed and optimally configured.


  • Design and development of compact electric drives with high torque and power density
  • Hardware and software development for control units, e.g. for optimum efficiency drive control and vehicle control
  • Development of new manufacturing processes for electric drives, e.g. cast coils
  • Construction and testing of prototypes and functional samples, e.g. wheel hub drives
  • Basic design/Preselection of hybrid components
  • Development of structural proposals and operating strategies
  • Simulation under consideration of driving cycles and distance profiles
  • Creation of special simulation tools based on MATLAB/SIMULINK
  • Execution of installation investigations and development of integration proposals
  • Design of periphery and cooling system incl. highly integrated thermal management of the battery system
  • Mechanical and electrical integration of energy storage systems into existing vehicles
  • Reliability evaluations of the electric drive train
  • Performance of function tests
  • Business and economic impact assessment
  • Development of Electro Mobility strategies for companies
  • Development of charging infrastructures


Further information

Fraunhofer Systems Research Electromobility [Fraunhofer Gesellschaft]
A joint project sponsored by the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft with the participation of Fraunhofer IDMT Ilmenau, Fraunhofer IFAM, Fraunhofer IVI and Fraunhofer LBF.

GHOST - Integrated and physically optimized battery system for plug-in vehicles technologies [project page]
EU project (Horizon 2020) with participation of Fraunhofer LBF for the development of new, modularized battery systems

www.elektromobilisiert.de [project page / Fraunhofer IAO (German)]
Electro mobilization of fleets

Electric vehicle fleet with charging infrastructure [Fraunhofer IAO]

EcoGuru [project page (German)]
BMBF-funded project led by Fraunhofer IAO for boundless mobility by networking different mobility systems

GeMo - Shared use of Electric Mobility [Project Page / Fraunhofer Gesellschaft]
Project of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft with the participation of Fraunhofer IAO, Fraunhofer IVI and Fraunhofer IIS for the joint use of electric vehicles.

Evaluation of the practicability and environmental impacts of electric vehicles [Fraunhofer Publica (German)]
Study of the Fraunhofer IBP to evaluate the practical suitability and operational readiness of battery electric vehicles (BEV) and Plug-In Hybrids (PHEV) within real demonstration projects based on concrete application contexts and in interaction with the charging infrastructure.

Physical-technical, economic, ecological and social scientific research accompanying the RheinMobil shop-window project: Cross-border, in perspective economic electric commuter and company car traffic in the Franco-German context [Download / KIT (German)]

Life cycle assessment of electric vehicles in shuttle traffic - field test results of the project RheinMobilRheinMobil [Fraunhofer Publica]
Field study with participation of Fraunhofer IBP on the ecological potentials of battery electric vehicles (BEV) in shuffle operation in border areas