Which drives and infrastructures will be used in the future?

Research questions

  • What are the user requirements for electric drive concepts and the related infrastructure?
  • Which data capture today’s traffic flows and how can these be used to configure efficient drives and plan infrastructure?
  • Which drive concept (battery-electric, hybrid-electric, H2 fuel cell) has technical, environmental and economic advantages for different purposes?
  • How can technical measures and infrastructure design enable the widespread use of (partially) electric cars and trucks?
  • What influence does expanding charging infrastructure (for example at the workplace) have on the intention to use alternative drives?


High power charging for trucks in long-distance operation (HoLa)

The project, which is led by Fraunhofer ISI and supported by the VDA (German Association of the Automotive Industry), is an innovation cluster for climate-friendly truck drive technologies of the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. In concrete terms, two high power charging points using the Megawatt Charging System will be installed at each of four locations in the HoLa project and tested under real-life logistics operating conditions. These charging points support the day-to-day application of this new system, and form the basis for widespread expansion of the technology. The project involves 13 partners from research and industry, including four truck manufacturers.  

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.


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.

Smart Freight Transport and Logistics Research Methodologies (STORM)

The STORM project aims to identify new data sources and methods that can help with planning future mobility and validate them based on examples. A major focus is on planning Europe-wide infrastructure for trucks.