The research department of the e.GO Mobile AG participates together with university and industrial partners in research and collaborative projects that pursue the research and development of pioneering technologies. Leading university know-how is thus combined with industrial practice and sustainably safeguards the competitiveness of Germany as a development and production location. Innovative project ideas are conceptualized in interdisciplinary consortia, developed and validated by prototypes in order to contribute to the nationwide establishment of electric and automated vehicle fleets and to help shape the future of mobility.
In the research and collaborative projects of the e.GO Mobile AG, we see ourselves, against the background of the production of our electric city car e.GO Life, in particular as an application partner from industrial practice. At the same time, we are, among other things, developing new mobility concepts based on the electric and automated e.GO Mover, which focus on intermodality in addition to automated driving. Through these priorities, we offer our partners from industry, research and society a diverse range of added value and access to a large research network.
For further questions about research cooperations and projects, the head of department is happy to be your contact person:
Dr. Michael Riesener
Head of Research
The e.GO Mobile AG deals with a variety of research fields. These ever-changing emphases are iteratively shaped by the great technological and social trends of our time. Currently, this is reflected in particular by the urbanization and increased mobility needs of people, which, as social trends, define challenges for the future in the form of traffic infarcts, reduced air quality and deteriorated quality of life in the urban environment. At the same time, the digitization and interconnectivity of all areas of life on the one hand and the automation of electrified vehicles on the other hand offer a solution to meet these challenges.
Automated driving enables completely new mobility scenarios that can improve people's lives in a variety of ways. First and foremost there is the safety of passengers and surrounding road users, which is significantly increased by the automation of vehicles and is the focus of development at the e.GO Mobile AG. The automated driving functions developed for this purpose, consisting of the components perception, fusion, decision and actuators, are examined in detail, evaluated and purposefully further developed by our experts with regards to functional safety. Research in this area is also being promoted actively in this area.
In addition to safety, the automated driving puts both the comfort and the path to unrestricted mobility, e.g. for older generations, in the foreground. The possibility that the driver no longer has to concentrate fully on the environment and the vehicle's management also makes it possible to pursue other relaxing and productive activities. We see this new type of mobility, in which automated vehicles integrate into the transport system, as an opportunity to create added value for every individual.
The battery is not only an essential part of purely electrically powered vehicles, but is also an important component in hybrid vehicles, in combination with a fuel cell or an internal combustion engine. In electrically powered vehicles it provides the energy to drive and thus enables emission-free driving. By this, it significantly helps to improve the air quality, which has become a central theme in urban areas around the world.
To further drive the success of electromobility, our experts, together with a strong network of partners, strive to further optimize the topology of battery systems for reliable, cost-efficient operation and life cycle improvement. In particular, the lifetime can be clearly improved by optimizing the area of operation. With the goal of continuously optimizing the sustainability of our vehicles by extending the product life cycle, we, among other things, focus on the research of modularly constructed batteries and their system integration.
Especially for vehicles that are in operation during the whole day, as well as for non-urban traffic, the fuel cell, from our perspective, offers a forward-looking solution. So the fuel cell is a key technology that will continue to drive electromobility in our society. As a subsystem of a hybrid vehicle, the fuel cell in combination with a battery enables high driving ranges and fast refueling. By this, the emission-free and low-noise mobility experience of an electric vehicle is preserved, while the sustainable mobility services are an experience for the user and the environment.
Because of these advantages, the fuel cell is also an interesting technology for the e.GO Mobile AG as a vehicle manufacturer and mobility service provider. The aim of the research is therefore to identify the possible fields of application and to initiate the corresponding technical, systemic and infrastructural steps together with research partners.
Developing business models is considered crucial for long-term success. Studies show that innovative business models make a greater contribution to competitive advantage than innovations in the product and service sector. Paradoxically, however, developing and embedding business model innovation in organizations is still not the focus of attention. Among other things, this discrepancy can be explained by the fact that until today there are hardly any methods that enable a systematic development of business model innovation.
Therefore, the e.GO Mobile AG strives within partnership networks for informative insights in the area of data-based business models and business model innovations. A major focus of research activities is the development of a design methodology for the systematic development and implementation of innovative business models in the field of mobility. Furthermore, the influence of structures, processes and organizational culture on the success of business models is examined. Based on technical and societal challenges, a variety of research approaches contribute to the practical testing of data-based business models and new fields of activity in the mobility sector are developed.
In the eyes of the e.GO Mobile AG, the success of electromobility also includes, next to the development of electrically powered vehicles, the establishment of an intelligent charging infrastructure, that is either conductive or inductive depending on the application scenario. It is important to make the charging process intuitive and comfortable in order to center it around people. This direction includes the development of a system to simplify the search for a nearby charging point, an uniform accounting and payment system across multiple operators, and novel solutions for using the electric vehicle as an intelligent power storage.
In particular, the intelligent current consumption and feed-in by the vehicle has the potential to provide monetary value for the users and thus increase the acceptance of electric mobility in the medium term. Such systems are used to cross-finance the actual mobility, so that the total cost of electromobility can be reduced for the owner of an electrically powered vehicle. Together with various private and public partners, we therefore work on implementing these concepts in a wide range of cooperation projects.
The worldwide progress of urbanization presents cities with ecological, economic and social challenges. Organizations interact with a high degree of dynamism and in different innovation cycles. Cities must therefore learn to cope with global megatrends such as scarcity of resources, demographic change as well as increasing prosperity. As a result, urban space is an important field for innovative technologies and intelligent concepts for sustainable development.
The e.GO Mobile AG takes up this innovation environment and serves as a neutral knowledge platform for the consolidation of already existing approaches. Together with partners from business, research and representatives of cities, development potentials and solution strategies in urban systems are identified. Furthermore, upcoming technological leaps and disruptive developments are analyzed for the city of tomorrow and new product systems as well as business models are designed for them.
The aim of the research activities is to highlight the technical, systemic and policy concepts and tools needed to meet the challenges of increasing mobility needs, dwindling resources, climate change and population growth. In particular, the needs in the area of mobility must be identified and transformed into system innovations for the design of future urban solutions.
Digitization and unrestricted networking are essential for the corporate world. They open up new opportunities to view your processes in a holistically transparent manner, from purchasing through development to production and sales via numerous data sources. Especially in production enormous potential can be exploited through the networking of cyber-physical systems (CPS) and a production control system (CPPS). The networking machines work cooperatively with humans so that the employees continue to be involved in production and are supported by technologies such as augmented reality at work. In production 4.0, people, machines and resources communicate with each other, as in a social network, and can react flexibly to product changes.
Internal transparency in companies and an existing production 4.0 make it possible to address the increasing demand of individual customer requests in a timely manner. As a result, as in the software industry, the e.GO Mobile AG is working with releases of their vehicles instead of using design freezes, while utilizing the highly iterative "change request". This method can be used to respond to shorter product life cycles with agile development and production.
Changes in urban space and technological developments have led to a rethinking of mobility. While mobility needs are growing worldwide and are an important indicator of growth and quality of life, increasing mobility in the current human and environmental format also impacts on the release of harmful emissions, noise and the sealing of natural areas.
Therefore, new and holistic mobility solutions are necessary. Together with partners in the form of innovation networks, the e.GO Mobile AG develops sustainable mobility solutions that are first tested in pilot projects and then implemented in urban areas.
An important component here is the intermodality. At so-called intermodal mobility hubs the means of transportation can be changed as needed and an user-oriented system optimization can be offered. As a result, the Mobility Hub provides a spatial interconnection of different mobility solutions and services at an urban hub: bike sharing, car sharing, public transport, intuitive and personalized booking and guidance systems, smart charging infrastructure, intelligent parking and new space usage concepts are made tangible for society.