A strategic network for green mobility

The e-mobility cluster of Regensburg operates in the eastern part of Bavaria. The economical and scientific center of the region is the City of Regensburg, a high-tech location in the fields of automotive, electrical engineering, information technology, and energy. The Regensburg region has approximately 2.3 million inhabitants and is one of the top 15 technology areas in Germany according to the Prognos report “Regions in future competition”. The region is host to several world market leaders with a high level of industrial R&D activities as well as many innovative SMEs and mid-size companies. At least 25,000 jobs are directly connected to the automotive sector. The research and production facilities of the global automotive supplier Continental are situated in Regensburg, with more than 3,400 employees working in R&D. 

High Density of Automotive Suppliers

Compared to many other automotive regions, Regensburg is not centered on one single leading OEM but is characterized by a high density of suppliers, ranging from Tier 1 downwards. 

A Strategic Cluster in E-mobility 

The Regensburg e-mobility cluster has more than 40 active members – global players, mid-size enterprises, SMEs, and universities – who are committed to cooperation in the field of electromobility and green automotive applications. The e-mobility cluster is a distinct supplier network. The activities are centered on three strategic domains along the value-chain of lectromobility: 

• Electric vehicles

• Intelligent charging infrastructure 

• Smart grid 

The most important objective of the e-mobility cluster is to facilitate innovative research projects on a regional, European and international basis. Three examples of projects are described below. Regular cluster meetings offer opportunities for networking and exchange of experience in the field of electromobility. Great emphasis is also placed on links to other regional, European, and international clusters.The e-mobility cluster is the associated partner of the showcase “Elektromobilität verbindet” – one of four showcase regions selected by the German government beginning in 2012. The installation of a charging infrastructure in Regensburg and Eastern Bavaria has already begun. 


Fleet Test in the Municipality of Regensburg

Urban traffic with its short distances is a promising use case for e-vehicles today. In a demonstration project together with Siemens, Sixt and Continental, the City of Regensburg is testing e-vehicles in its car pool. The vehicles are equipped with the data-logging system AutoLinQ for EV from Continental. With this system, vehicles can be easily controlled via smartphones to provide drivers with access to data for their electric vehicles at all times. The system uses an open platform that offers very flexible options and services. With its permanent mobile communications between the vehicle and the service delivery platform, the system provides excellent connectivity. The acceptance of the HMI interfaces in the electric vehicle is investigated by surveys. The project runs for two years. Objectives of the project are: 

• Improved visibility of e-mobility 

• Investigation of the usability of e-vehicles including charging infrastructure with a distinct target group of users 

• Evaluation of economic efficiency today and in the future for this special use case 

Network Intelligent Charging Infrastructure 

In order to accelerate the acceptance of e-vehicles, a recharging infrastructure is required to allow e-cars to travel anywhere in a country without running out of power. It is planned to install nearly eight million charging points in the EU by 2020. Germany is one of the leading countries supporting the installation, which could enable one million e-vehicles to drive on German roads in 2020. The research driven network “Intelligent Charging Infrastructure” is a subgroup of the e-mobility cluster with 12 members from industry and academia. The objective is to collaborate on innovative research and development projects in the charging infrastructure field. The members are specialists in hardware and software for charging stations, battery technology, smart grids, and ICT. Global players and SMEs collaborate here on challenges such as interoperability between stations, HMI interface and the usability of charging points, integration into the electricity grid, and functional safety. The network is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs. 


High-Tech Novel Powertrain Concept 

Together with Ford, Schaeffler, Continental and RWTH Aachen, the Laboratory for Safe and Secure Systems (LaS³) in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the University of Applied Sciences, Regensburg, is developing an e-vehicle with a novel powertrain concept using wheel hub drives with an integrated brake system. Combined with drive-by-wire this enables a torque steering system for the vehicle. The objective is an e-car with the highest space and energy efficiency providing advanced driving safety. The complex functional safety concept for the wheel hub drives will be developed in Regensburg. 

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Regensburg University of Applied Sciences









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