How do people perceive electric vehicles?

Research questions

  • What psychosocial factors determine the acceptance, use of and support for electric vehicles?
  • What are the psychological and societal consequences of using electric vehicles?
  • What influence do different societal actors have on the diffusion of e-mobility?



The interdisciplinary research project MobileCityGame offers a straightforward and generally comprehensible alternative to time-consuming and cost-intensive urban planning procedures using an approach combining gamification, citizen science and participation. Existing simulation models as well as data concerning infrastructure, technologies and behavior are reduced to their basic functions and linked to a dynamic overall model. The result of MobileCityGame is a fully operational demonstrator of an interactive simulation game for urban sustainability and mobility policy that is calibrated for Karlsruhe.

Karlsruhe Mobility High Performance Center / Profilregion

The Karlsruhe institutions for research, teaching and transfer in the field of mobility systems are clustered in the “Karlsruhe Mobility High Performance Center / Profilregion”. This is a High Performance Center for Mobility Research, which offers comprehensive expertise across a wide range of disciplines combined with in-depth technical knowledge. The High Performance Center pools people and competencies as well as equipment and prior studies of the institutions in order to conduct systemic research on the mobility of people and goods in a consortium covering a whole range of disciplines, and offers external partners a central point of contact.

Charge at work (LamA)

In the LamA project, a total of 480 charging points are being installed at numerous Fraunhofer institutions in Germany within the framework of the German government’s Immediate Action Program for Clean Air (Sofortprogramm “Saubere Luft”). We examine the influence of this new charging infrastructure on the intention to use and attitudes towards e-mobility among Fraunhofer employees as well as local residents and neighboring businesses, and use the results to derive suggestions and actions.

Accompanying research catenary trucks in Germany (BOLD)

Based on today’s knowledge, the German government’s climate policy targets can only be achieved if electrification concepts for the transport sector are also developed, tested and broadly implemented for heavy goods transport. With the adoption of the “Climate Action Program 2020”, the German government therefore decided to conduct a field trial to test electrical drives in heavy commercial vehicles. To implement this decision, the ELISA, FESH and eWayBW projects are each constructing a test route for trucks powered by overhead lines on a trunk road and testing their operation under everyday conditions.


The eWayBW project tests and compares catenary trucks, battery trucks, fuel cell trucks and the use of biogenic fuels under real-life conditions in the Murgtal district near Baden-Baden in Germany. The research alliance responsible for the scientific accompanying research is made up of the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI, PTV Transport Consult GmbH, FZI Research Center for Information Technology, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT.

Accompanying research: Determining the deployment potential of vehicles with alternative drives in the police fleet from a techno-economic and ecological perspective as well as from the user's point of view

The aim of this accompanying research is to determine the deployment potential of vehicles with alternative drives in the BW police fleet on the basis of a broad empirical database using scientific methods. This potential is to be determined from a technical, economic, ecological and social perspective.

Further projects

  • Accompanying research “Framework conditions and market” for the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure
  • Scientific monitoring, networking and transfer of results for the technology program “ICT for electric mobility: smart applications for mobility, logistics and energy”