Stuttgart, Germany – Daimler AG and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have initiated a research cooperation for electric drive systems, called the “e-drive Project House”. The project will unite the fields of power electronics, control systems, electrical energy storage units, and electrical machinery to streamline research activities in sustainable mobility.

The e-drive Project House, which is devised as a long-term undertaking, is setting out to attract further scientific institutes and cooperation partners in order to extend the research consortium.

“It is our declared aim to secure a leading role in the field of alternative drive systems,” said Dr. Thomas Weber, responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. “The electrification of the automobile is playing a key role in this endeavour. Together with KIT’s excellent scientists, we are demonstrating yet again the high innovative power of the State of Baden-Württemberg.” The state’s capital is Stuttgart, where Daimler is headquartered.

By regularly commissioning research projects, Daimler will ensure full-capacity operation of the project on a long-term basis, and also involve its own employees. KIT will contribute its scientific staff, its premises, and its laboratory infrastructure. The State Ministry of Science, Research and Art will subsidize the cooperation with half a million Euros annually.


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