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Blog / 6.5.2021

Realistic Test Cycle Assessment of PHEV

The potential of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) to reduce local pollutant and global greenhouse gas emissions strongly depends on their real-world usage and the share of kilometres driven on electricity, the so-called utility factor (UF). In the European CO2 fleet targets, generic functions for UF of PHEV are used derived from in standardized testing procedures, or test cycles, such as the Worldwide Harmonized Light-Duty Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP). We find that the current WLTP UF parameters are too optimistic about real-world UF since long-distance driving was missing in earlier estimates, actual charging is less frequent than commonly assumed and real-world all-electric ranges are lower than WLTP ranges.

Press Release / 27.4.2021

National Cycling Plan: How will Germany become a cycling nation by 2030?


On behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) and coordinated by ifok GmbH, Fraunhofer ISI and the PTV Group have played a key role in developing the National Cycling Plan 3.0. Approaches to further promote cycling in Germany and turn the country into a nation of cyclists by 2030 were developed in a dialogue forum and incorporated into the National Cycling Plan. The plan was presented to the National Cycling Congress (NRVK) by Andreas Scheuer, the Federal Minister of Transport.

Press Release / 21.4.2021

New study identifies innovation drivers in the bio-based sectors in Europe

A new Fraunhofer ISI study identifies the top 50 life and biological sciences and technologies driving innovation in the bio-based sectors in Europe. The study funded by the European Commission, DG Research and Innovation, is now available.

Blog / 19.4.2021

Call for Papers: Regional Strategizing for Innovation, Competitiveness, and Growth – Practitioners, Praxis and Practices in Regional Strategy Development Processes

Regional strategy development processes have started again in many European regions and RIS3 (Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation) are perceived as an interesting new research topic. There is a call for papers for the “Journal of entrepreneurship, management and innovation”, the submission deadline ist the 30 September 2021.

Press Release / 13.4.2021

Climate-neutral EU: Immediate rigorous action needed

The EU wants to become climate-neutral by 2050. By 2030, greenhouse gas emissions should already be 55 percent lower than 1990 levels. Transport plays a crucial role in meeting these goals. Fraunhofer ISI makes suggeastions for the necessary transformation of European transport policy.

Press Release / 7.4.2021

Global atlas of H2 potential will show sustainable locations for the green hydrogen of the future

Germany will continue to rely on energy imports in the long term. Among other things, it will have to import a large share of green hydrogen and its synthesis products from global regions that are rich in wind and solar power. The HyPat project, which is led by Fraunhofer ISI, is developing a comprehensive, global hydrogen atlas, as called for in Germany's National Hydrogen Strategy.



IST 2021 will be hosted by Fraunhofer ISI

We are happy to announce that the next IST conference will take place in Karlsruhe and be hosted by Fraunhofer ISI. In this video, our Executive Director Jakob Edler explains what awaits you 2021 in Karlsruhe.


The scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI annually publish more than 200 publications including research reports, books, working papers and scientific articles which together cover the broad spectrum of ISI's research. Every month, the latest Fraunhofer ISI specialist publications will be updated in an institute-wide list.