e-volution - Integration of innovative concepts for a more efficient e-vehicle offering higher performance

e-volution - Integration of innovative concepts for a more efficient e-vehicle offering higher - Foto: (c) Porsche AG

The essence of this project is to merge peak technology from all segments of e-vehicle research and provide innovative integration for efficient interaction.






The market launch of electric vehicles in the last few years has shown that customers have high expectations regarding performance, range, charging times and suitability for everyday use. The project e-volution therefore consistently follows the approach of combining innovative technological developments in the segments electric, drive, energy management, thermo management, chassis and charging infrastructure into a system with the aim of increased performance.

Goals and approach

The project e-volution is an important component of phase 2 of the leading edge cluster electric mobility South West. The integration of various technologies in the demonstrator takes place including all partners and their findings from the projects of the leading edge cluster. A significant part of the research is the increase in the voltage level, in which new components with higher power density are used. The functional, installation space and weight advantages expected from this will be shown in a demonstrator. Furthermore, three independent charging systems will be researched and integrated: contactless (inductive) charging, direct voltage charging and charging directly via the current converters already available. With the latter method, the separate charger is omitted, meaning that there are further weight and cost advantages.

In particular in direct voltage charging with higher performances the mentioned higher voltage level offers potential for a significant reduction of charging times. The scope of the project also includes a consideration of the charging infrastructure, which operates the new charging technologies in the vehicle.

Innovations and prospects

The key to the procedure is to combine top technology from all sectors of e-vehicle research and allow them to mesh innovatively for an efficient interaction. The resulting overall vehicle concept will provide all partners and contractors with important guidelines both for future components and for the construction of whole vehicles.


Group coordinator
Porsche AG

Project period
01/2015 – 06/2017

Project partners
• FKFS Stuttgart
• FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik, Karlsruhe
• Heldele GmbH, Salach
• Karlsruher Institut für Technologie KIT
• Porsche AG, Stuttgart
• RA Consulting GmbH, Bruchsal 
• Valeo GmbH, Bietigheim-Bissingen

Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Field of innovation

Field of innovation vehicle - Grafik: (c) e-mobil BW


Funding Organisations

Kombiniertes Förderlogo: "Invented in Germany" und Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung - Grafik: (c) BMBF

Working Groups

Abstrakte polygonale Rechnerstruktur - Foto: (c) istockphoto / jm1366

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Leading Edge Cluster Competition

Pokal zur Spitzenclusterförderung - Foto: (c) e-mobil BW / KD Busch