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eFleet and charging management

At the forefront of this project is the research, concept and test implementation of methods and systems for managing electric vehicles in hybrid fleets and the associated charging infrastructure.The aim is to ensure optimum availability of vehicles and to avoid load peaks caused by simultaneous charging. This will be accomplished by linking fleet management with an intelligent charging management system.Vehicle fleets are accorded a central role in the distribution and blanket use of electric vehicles. However, limited operating range, and charging times contingent on extent of use, represent special challenges in comparison to conventional vehicles. In mixed fleets comprising petrol/diesel and electric vehicles in particular, a fleet and charging management system is needed that allows for the advantages and disadvantages of the respective drive concept, and manages the vehicles and charging infrastructure according to need.

Goals and approach

The goal of the project is the research, conceiving and test implementation of methods and computer systems for managing e-vehicle fleets and the associated charging infrastructure. The three areas of application of “people transportation”, “goods transportation”, and “service providers”, and each of their specific demands of an integrated fleet and charging management system, are considered in the framework of this project.

Innovations and prospects

The project brings together the two disciplines of fleet management and charging management, which have been considered separately until now. With this, the foundation is laid for the efficient management of mixed fleets comprising conventional and alternative drive concepts.

Project Profile

Group coordinator

  • Fraunhofer IAO

Project period

  • 10/2012 - 09/2015

Project partners

  • Fraunhofer IAO, Stuttgart
  • AmetrasRentconcept GmbH, Ettlingen
  • Daimler FleetBoard GmbH, Stuttgart
  • Infoman AG, Stuttgart
  • PTV AG, Karlsruhe

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