The international automotive supplier Continental has been investing in the development and optimization of climate-friendly systems and components for alternative drives for over ten years. In 100 series projects for 20 manufacturers worldwide, around 1,600 specialists are currently working on further developing existing concepts as well as new innovations for hybrid and electric vehicles.

To ensure safe, efficient, networked and comfortable mobility, Continental is bringing together the corporation’s expertise in integration, energy optimization, drive management, vehicle safety, information management and tires. Hybrid and electric vehicle components from all business units can be adapted to specific vehicle requirements worldwide, allowing them to be used in almost all vehicle classes and drive types.

With sales of €30.5 billion in 2011, Continental is among the leading automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of brake systems, systems and components for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires and technical elastomers, Continental contributes to enhanced driving safety and global climate protection.

Continental is also an expert partner in networked automobile communication. Continental currently has approximately 169,000 employees in 46 countries.




At present, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft maintains 66 institutes and independent research units. The majority of the more than 22,000 staff are qualified scientists and engineers, who work with an annual research budget of 1.9 billion euros. Of this sum, more than 1.6 billion euros is generated through contract research.

More than 70 percent of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s contract research revenue is derived from contracts with industry and from publicly financed research projects. Almost 30 percent is contributed by the German federal and Länder governments in the form of base funding, enabling the institutes to work ahead on solutions to problems that will not become acutely relevant to industry and society until five or ten years from now.

Fraunhofer IFF

The Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF specializes in power engineering, process and plant engineering, digital engineering, logistics, material handling systems and automation. Researchers in the field of power engineering are developing solutions for wide-area monitoring, control and protection of smart grids of the future. Process and plant engineers are additionally developing new methods to generate heat and power more effectively and greener with renewable raw materials.

The Fraunhofer IFF was founded in Magdeburg in 1992. It currently has around 160 full-time employees and had an operating budget of € 17.4 million in 2011.

Fraunhofer IWES

The fields of research at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology IWES encompass the entire spectrum of wind energy and the integration of renewable energies in supply structures.

The Fraunhofer IWES concentrates on diverse specialized topics in the field of electric vehicle networks, including testing and physical modeling of various battery technologies and advanced power electronics, researching grid, power and information and communications technologies in charging infrastructures and systems, developing charging and transmission systems for bidirectional DC, AC and wireless (inductive) charging and energy recovery, simulating, modeling and measuring electromagnetic fields, studying and testing electromagnetic compatibility, supervising and evaluating field trials, developing energy management systems (EMS), studying electric vehicle efficiency and simulating electric vehicles’ future influence on transmission and distribution grids as well as on the energy industry.

The Fraunhofer IWES was founded in 2009 as a merger of the former Fraunhofer Center for Wind Energy and Maritime Engineering CWMT in Bremerhaven and the Institute for Solar Energy Technology ISET in Kassel. The Fraunhofer IWES presently has a staff of around 330. Its operating budget was around € 28 million in 2012.


TU Dortmund

TU Dortmund

The Communication Networks Institute (CNI) conducts research in the area of design, implementation and evaluation of novel communication solutions. The head of CNI, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Wietfeld (formerly RWTH Aachen and Siemens AG), currently employs 26 scientists in various DFG, EU, BMWi and the BMBF-funded research projects, focusing on highly reliable M2M communication and localization systems, next generation networks based on IPv6 interoperable & web services-based architectures as well as energy-efficient communications for embedded systems, swarm-based sensor systems and validation of such novel approaches.

The research work is conducted as part of interdisciplinary projects with various industrial and scientific partners in the area of electrical engineering and computer science focusing on smart grid, production- and automation technology, vehicular technology and emergency services. Research results are regularly published and awarded (5 Best Paper Awards) at renowned IEEE conferences. Furthermore, CNI aims at disseminating their research results to various standardization committees, such as ISO / IEC, OASIS and IETF in order to actively promote latest research in the design of future communication standards.

CNI brings its background on standardization regarding V2G communications as well as its many years of experience in the development of communication protocols based on wired and wireless communication technologies to the eNterop project. Within eNterop CNI leads the work package on development of the reference implementation and conformance test environment for validation of future V2G products and services.

CNI’s extensive laboratory environment allows state of the art system design and validation of future communication systems by experimental methods and simulative performance evaluation. An overview on recent and ongoing research activities conducted by CNI can be found at:




Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW) emerged in 1916 from a company for Aircraft Engines in Munich. Today, BMW is a global provider of high-end automobiles and motorcycles. The headquarters of BMW AG is located in Munich.

Besides domestic production sites in Munich, Dingolfing, Regensburg, Landshut, Leipzig and Berlin, manufacturing facilities are located in Austria, South Africa, USA, Mexico, Southeast Asia and Russia. With the construction of a manufacturing plant in Leipzig (production launch in 2005), BMW committed itself for Germany as its location for business.

BMW AG currently employs approximately 100,000 people and produced around 1.67 million cars in 2011 (of which about 77% in the German plants) and about 113,572 motorcycles (all in Berlin), which are sold in over 100 countries.

The proportion of BMW in global annual car registrations is more than 4%. The worldwide market share of BMW motorcycles is over 6%. In fiscal year 2011, the BMW Group achieved a turnover of around 68.8 billion Euros. In its research and innovation center in Munich, BMW employs about 6,000 engineers in innovative research and development topics.




The Volkswagen Group, with its headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany, is one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. Volkswagen operates 99 production facilities in 27 countries and has a broad product range stretching from ecological passenger cars to luxury and sports cars, light & heavy duty trucks and commercial vehicles.

At the end of 2011, nearly 502,000 people were employed across the group. In the same year, the Group increased the number of vehicles delivered to customers to 8.3 million, corresponding to a 12.3 percent share of the world passenger car market. The annual turnover exceeded 159 billion euros while expenditures for R&D came up to approx. 7.23 billion euros. The 35,412 employees within R&D account for about 7% of the total workforce.

Volkswagen is determined to be the world’s leading economic and ecologic automobile manufacturer by 2018. Being an integral part of this strategy, Electromobility plays a key role. 2013 will be an important year for Volkswagens electromobile development: the city car Up! blue-e-motion and the Golf blue-e-motion are to come into the market. The Lavida blue-e-motion is scheduled for the Chinese market. Already today, hybrid technology is applied in several car models of the Group.

Beginning with 2013 and 2014 plug-in hybrid technology will be offered in series. This means that the battery is charged previously to driving, in order to be able to cover larger distances with fully electric operation. The combustion engine will only be used for long distances and higher speed levels. It is the goal of Volkswagen to offer vehicles with continuously increased quality, safety and improved technological standards while reducing fuel consumption and emissions at the same time. Therefore the ideas contributed by our employees and the expertise of external partners play a key role.

Volkswagen is interested in the application of new developments in all automotive areas not only to meet all relevant technical and legal requirements but also to satisfy customer demands on a consistently high level. There are a lot of open research questions for the electric drive, e.g. range extension, battery management or the optimisation of the electric motor. Research is also done for the usage of more powerful battery concepts and alternative materials.

Volkswagen is cooperating with numerous research institutions worldwide in order to improve the efficiency of electric vehicles. Volkswagen has experience in the co-ordination of and participation in national and EC funded projects and networks involving European car manufacturers, suppliers, research organisations and universities. Some of these projects are listed subsequently.

HE-lion; GLANZ; LiSSi; E-Komfort; TwinDrive; INEES; eNterop; E-Golf fleet test; EmiL; PräDEM; Nils; LithoRec I und II; Linacore; DELIVER; ELVA; SmartBatt; V-Charge; GREENLION; LABOHR; LISSEN; …

Fuel cell technology:
NIP 1-4 (Clean Energy Partnership); NT-PEM-Brennstoffzellen-Aggregat; HT-PEM-Brennstoffzellen-Aggregat; HyMotion4; AutoStack; …

Vehicle communication and safety:
Sim TD; Converge, Famos I und II; PreDrive C2X; DACOTA; ARTRAC; InteractIVe; …

Other topics:
Koline; Avius; FeCeAlMn; Efficoat; E2LOG; InKoRisk; OPTFUEL; Powerful; SAFIER; TailorTool; TestTool; ELVIRE; …




Pioneer with more than 125 years of experience Daimler AG looks back on more than hundred years of tradition. As the inventor of the car and the truck, Daimler assumes responsibility for their future. The company’s Road to Emission-free Driving stands for the commitment to securing sustainable mobility. The aim is to markedly reduce fuel consumption and emissions already today and to eliminate them entirely in the long term.

The future is lying in the electrification of the drivetrain, but the experts at Daimler are not expecting one single technology to play a dominant role in sustainable mobility, but are setting out to provide tailor-made solutions and a broad spectrum of state-of-the-art drive technologies to suit all requirements placed on today’s and tomorrow’s mobility in all modes of road transportation and individual needs.

In the “Road to Emission-free Driving” initiative, the Daimler AG is concentrating on three key areas of development:

  • optimizing vehicles with state-of-the-art internal combustion engines,
  • further increasing efficiency through made-to-measure hybridization,
  • locally emission-free driving with vehicles powered by the battery or fuel cell.

The family of Daimler zero-emission vehicles is growing steadily for years. Recently, the company unveiled the Concept B-Class Electric Drive as the battery-electric future of the compact class of Mercedes-Benz. Moreover the market launch of the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive in 2012 completed the series electric vehicle portfolio. With the smart fortwo electric drive, the smart ebike, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class E-CELL, B-Class F-CELL, the Vito E-CELL and the Citaro FuelCELL-Hybrid now this includes already seven vehicles.

The long-term success of electric vehicles requires viable business models, in which suppliers of battery-electric vehicles as well as infrastructure can offer competitive services in terms of customer benefits. Therefore the interoperability of the different systems is crucial. Daimler AG, as one of the leading vehicle manufacturers in the world, supports initiatives for infrastructure and mobility.

Together with partners from the industry and research area, the company is involved in the international standardization process of the V2G interface (ISO / IEC) and is in favor of an open technology platform in frames of the project eNterop. Further information about Daimler is available online:




About RWE Effizienz

RWE Effizienz GmbH is a service provider for energy-efficient infrastructure and a subsidiary of RWE Deutschland. The company supports its customers in saving costs and protecting the environment.

From e-mobility through distributed energy generation right up to the “SmartHome” home automation system and the provision of energy consulting – RWE Effizienz is an expert in everything related to energy efficiency, setting new product standards by implementing innovative approaches. By providing information and education, the company is helping to increase public awareness of energy efficiency.

Essential facts can be found in concentrated form at, and , the information and advice portal for energy efficiency issues.




Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, operating in the fields of industry, energy and healthcare as well as providing infrastructure solutions, primarily for cities and metropolitan areas.

For over 160 years, Siemens has stood for technological excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality. The company is the world's largest provider of environmental technologies. Around 40 percent of its total revenue stems from green products and solutions.

In fiscal 2011, which ended on September 30, 2011, revenue from continuing operations totaled €73.5 billion and net income from continuing operations €7.0 billion. At the end of September 2011, Siemens had around 360,000 employees worldwide on the basis of continuing operations.