Moving ideas
innovative vehicle concepts for road and rail
German Aerospace Center (DLR) –
Institute of Vehicle Concepts
Pfaffenwaldring 30–40
70659 Stuttgart, Germany
Year of establishment:
65 (2012)
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Horst E. Friedrich
Phone: +49 711 6862256
Fax: +49 711 6862258
The Institute of Vehicle Concepts at the German
Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft-
und Raumfahrt, DLR) addresses the develop-
ment of future technology systems of road and
rail vehicles. The institute’s research fields range
from study, concept and design, calculation and
simulation to the presentation of research dem-
onstrators, components and vehicles.
Emission-free drives –
Hybrid drives, fuel cell
systems and electricity from waste heat increase
energy efficiency to pave the way to zero-emis-
sion transportation. Our patented free-piston
generator, for all types of fuel, will soon be able
to power vehicles electrically, for lower fuel con-
sumption and reduced emissions. The TÜV-cer-
tified climatised all-wheel roller dynamometer
supports the development of alternative drives
with state-of-the-art testing technology.
Efficient vehicles employing lightweight con-
struction –
The institute transfers DLR’s aero-
space competencies in lightweight and hybrid
concepts for road and rail. The work is based on
the use of multi-material composites and new
types of hybrid strategies; reducing weight re-
duces fuel consumption without compromising
vehicle safety.
Holistic concepts –
The institute brings togeth-
er various technologies to create innovative and
sustainable vehicle systems and evaluates them
according to environmental and cost criteria. For
example, rail transportation research focuses on
producing more climate-friendly, cost-effective,
lighter and more comfortable high-speed trains.
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