Our R&D activities address technical solutions for increasing efficiency throughout the powertrain in both mobile and stationary applications, thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions across sectors. Due to high overall efficiency (well-to-wheel) and the high gravimetric and volumetric energy density of conventional and future CO2-neutral synthetic fuels, combustion engines will continue to be an important drive concept in transport and individual mobility in the next few years. We research and develop combustion engines both as the sole drive unit and in combination with an electric engine, as a hybrid drive system.
The overriding objective is to minimize fuel consumption or primary energy demand and emissions from the powertrain. At the same time, the drive systems need to be safe, flexible and readily available, and must be compatible with affordable mobility concepts. For this purpose we work with hybrid drive systems, highly efficient combustion processes, alternative engine concepts, improved engine mechanics and the use of residual energy. With our comprehensive research expertise and the cutting-edge equipment in our pilot plants, we are setting new trends in exhaust-gas cleanup, the use of renewable fuels and the application of high-performance construction materials. Our researchers use various simulation and optimization tools, as well as cutting-edge laboratory equipment and automated test stands.