“Fraunhofer System Research for Electromobility – FSEM II” is the follow-up project to “FSEM I” which ran from 2009 through 2011 and was funded by the German federal government. Within this joint project “FSEM II” (running from 2013 to 2015), 16 different Fraunhofer institutes are pooling their expertise. Funded by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the research focuses on a clearly defined range of applications for electromobility. Project activities are grouped in three clusters: “Drivetrain / Chassis”, “Battery / Range Extender”, and “Body / Infrastructure”.

Project Background

“FSEM II” pursues several goals at the simultaneously: First, it is meant to expand the know-how, competencies and networks established within the “FSEM I” project. Second, it is geared to further promote the idea of “systems research” by cooperation of various Fraunhofer institutes. Last not least it aims to develop innovative technologies and components for hybrid and electric vehicles which are to be industrialized together with commercial partners.

Within the framework of “FSEM II”, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is expanding its successful and innovative work in the field of electromobility. Participating institutes are addressing pivotal technological challenges of electromobility, but at the same time incorporate specific questions relating to development and industrialization of these technologies, meeting the needs of partners from industry. The clear focus on the production of actual components for electric vehicles is evidence of this intent.

Forum Electromobility

“Forum Elektromobilität e. V.”, an association of about 30 partners from industry and science to further electromobility in Germany, plays an important role in this context, serving as a networking platform for its members as well as a hub for new technologies and approaches.

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