New Drive Systems

Drive systems for future mobility concepts, as well as energy sovereignty and sustainable energy supplies, are some of the most significant scientific and technological challenges faced by society today. The Department New Drive Systems consequently aims to advance applied research and pilot-level product development in these areas.

Research areas of the New Drive Systems Department


Electric power train concepts

In our research group on electric power trains, we research and develop components and systems for future electric mobility. Our R&D spectrum extends holistically from electrical energy supply and charging technology, and energy conversion using fuel cells, through to electrical storage and electric motors with associated transmission systems.


Combustion engine drive concepts

The global vehicle market is dominated by conventional and partially electrified passenger cars in the small to mid-size range. Due to economies of scale, this market represents a particular challenge and, at the same time, an enormous opportunity to reduce primary energy requirements. The focus of R&D activities is on increasing the efficiency of internal combustion engine drive concepts, and on electrified and hybrid powertrain topologies.



The research group for design works on projects from conceptual design through to the standard-compliant layout and creation of technical drawings. Using cutting-edge simulation methodology along with innovative manufacturing processes and test rigs, we develop viable and innovative systems.



The research group for simulation works on the computer-aided modeling, analysis and optimization of drive systems. Both individual drive components and complex overall systems are simulated using state-of-the-art or specially developed tools.


Testing and validation

In the research group for testing and validation, components and systems for new drive systems are evaluated using cutting-edge test and measurement equipment. The objectives of the tests are to characterize and evaluate the components and systems in terms of their functionality, efficiency, emissions and service life.