Cost benefits through the KIT research lab
neW production methods for improved Batteries and drives
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
Year of establishment:
1825 (university),
1956 (large-scale research institution)
9,260 (2012)
Dr. Andreas Gutsch
Phone: +49 721 608 26844
Fax: +49 721 608 28284
At the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT),
more than 250 researchers work in 26 insti-
tutes in the battery research and electric mobil-
ity area. Within the Competence E project, KIT
bundles all its activities regarding the storage
of electrical energy for mobile and stationary
applications. The project targets the implemen-
tation of a systematic development concept
with respect to economically promising prod-
ucts and production methods. Its integrated
approach begins at the molecule and continues
with the battery and electric motor (with pow-
er electronics) to end with a fully functioning
electric drive system. At the same time, new
production methods for the cost-efficient pro-
duction of these batteries and e-drives are
being developed and presented by means of
prototyping. For this, KIT built the first freely
accessible ‘research factory’ to close existing
gaps in the innovation and value-adding chain.
In addition, KIT’s mobility systems division
merges and bundles comprehensive compe-
tencies in the field of mobility research at KIT, to
gain new ideas and inspiration for land-based
mobility, for the future transportation of people
and goods. Researching electric drive and stor-
age concepts is a major focus.
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