(finished) First steps into a new kind of electric mobility

Field of Study

Innovation and Creativity
Bio-Mimetics, Creativity Methods, Open Innovation, TIPS, User Experience

Development and Design Methodology
Design Methods, Design for X, Rapid Prototyping


Domain-specific Design, Design methods, Design tools, Product Development in industry


Due to the shortage of crude oil on the one hand and the willingness of politics, economy and society to reduce emissions of global warming gases and environmental pollution on the other hand, a need for implementing new mobility concepts has emerged. The best fit to reach these goals is the usage of electric cars for individual traffic. These can be powered by environmental friendly produced electricity. Therefore technological and social boundary conditions have to be taken into account. These are for example progresses made in battery technology or the ongoing urbanization. Despite the fact, that realized electric cars, like the Tesla Roadster proof the feasibility of these concepts, the challenge of mobility in urban areas as well as the affordability of these technologies to the majority of society is yet to be addressed.


A subcompact L7-category car, which meets all these requirements is going to be developed in the research project Visio.M, funded by BMBF. Due to a lightweight design and the accompanying low power consumption, it is not only possible to increase range, but also to decrease operational costs. The result is a concept of mobility, which meets all the requirements of urban individual traffic. The basis of the car, to be built in the context of Visio.M, is the electric vehicle MUTE, developed and prototypic built in an earlier research project.


The task of the Institute of Product Development is to engineer the charging cable rewind located at the car. An innovative approach will be followed, to ensure an easy handling. In addition to that different concepts of charging batteries, built in electric cars, are examined. Another main topic is the integration of electric vehicles into the existing power network. By selecting and adapting charging strategies of these electric cars, the increasing fluctuating currency of regenerative power plants can be balanced. Electric cars could act like control units in the electricity market. Especially the benefits by using electric vehicles in smart grids are analyzed. Beyond that requirements emerging from seeing these cars as actors in the electricity market or smart grinds are considered.

Project Term

August 2012 to February 2014