Science & Innovation
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innovative vehicle concepts for road and rail
The Institute of Vehicle Concepts at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR) addresses the development of future technology systems of road and rail vehicles. The institute’s research fields range from study, concept and design, calculation and simulation to the presentation of research demonstrators, components and vehicles. Emission-free drives – Hybrid drives, fuel cell systems and electricity from waste heat increase energy efficiency to pave the way to zero-emission transportation. Our patented free-piston generator, for all types of fuel, will soon be able to power vehicles electrically, for lower fuel con-sumption and reduced emissions. The TÜV-certified climatised all-wheel roller dynamometer supports the development of alternative drives with state-of-the-art testing technology. Efficient vehicles employing lightweight construction – The institute transfers DLR’s aero-space competencies in lightweight and hybrid concepts for road and rail. The work is based on the use of multi-material composites and new types of hybrid strategies; reducing weight reduces fuel consumption without compromising vehicle safety. Holistic concepts – The institute brings together various technologies to create innovative and sustainable vehicle systems and evaluates them according to environmental and cost criteria. For example, rail transportation research focuses on producing more climate-friendly, cost-effective, lighter and more comfortable high-speed trains.