Comprehensive expertise in vehicle system tech-
nology and a competent partner of industry –
these are the qualifications of the FAST institute
for vehicle system technology at the Karlsruhe
Institute of Technology (KIT). Passenger cars,
commercial vehicles, mobile machinery and rail
vehicles are at the centre of our future vehicle
concept research. The department of vehicle
technology, chaired by Prof. Gauterin, provides a
widespread and in-depth understanding of sys-
tems, methods and processes required to master
the complexity of vehicle design. We utilise differ-
ent technological approaches to improve vehicle
functions. Modern vehicles have become safer,
more comfortable and efficient over time – but
because of added electronic, electric and mecha-
tronic systems they have also become even more
complex. Our state-of-the-art labs and the latest
equipment, comprising modern full vehicle and
component test stands, allow a wide spectrum
of research work and tests. In the field of alter-
native drive concepts, FAST has been involved
in many projects, including providing scientific
support to the cross-border CROME e-vehicle
fleet test programme. ‘Projekthaus e-drive’ is
an innovative cooperation model in e-mobility,
which addresses basic research issues as well
as application-oriented projects.
fast: the vehicle as a system
Dr. Thomas Meyer
Phone: +49 721 608 46430
Fax: +49 721 608 44146
Researching vehicle concepts of the future
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) –
Institute of Vehicle System Technology,
Chair of Vehicle Science (FAST)
Kaiserstrasse 12, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
Year of establishment:
1825 (university);
2009 (KIT)
38 (FAST-LFF);
9,261 (KIT) – 2012
EUR 397 million; large-scale research
institution: EUR 392 million – 2011
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