Director of the Institute: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Horst E. Friedrich
The Institute of Vehicle Concepts researches, develops and evaluates new vehicle concepts and technologies in light of future demands on the transportation system.
As a systems institute, we develop and demonstrate innovative, application-based solutions for road and rail vehicles, thereby contributing to the design of a sustainable and cost-effective, user-oriented, secure and networked mobility concept. Our contributions range from design and planning to construction, calculation and simulation through to the manufacture of research demonstrations, components and vehicles.
We are developing our knowledge and expertise within the framework of collaborative partnerships and are contributing to the competitiveness of the industry through innovation transfers in the following fields:
The Institute’s guiding vision is one of successful scientific cooperation for efficient vehicle concepts where the fields of energy and transportation meet. The development of future technical systems based on regenerative energy carriers and energy conversion/storage in the vehicle of the future as well as progressive architectures and fuel technologies for road and rail vehicles is supported by a prospective, comprehensive vehicle system analysis and technology evaluation.
The integration of innovations in materials, processes and construction methods occurs within the network comprising the DLR, the Helmholtz Association (HGF) and international science partners.
Within the scope of the transportation research program, the Institute of Vehicle Concepts is working with the Institute of Transport Research and the Institute of Transportation Systems as well as around 20 other DLR institutes.
The Institute of Vehicle Concepts is integrated in the regional networks at the Stuttgart site and has branch offices in Berlin and Stuttgart-Vaihingen (STEP and ARENA2036).