Fraunhofer IAO

The Fraunhofer IAO based in Stuttgart was established in 1981 and is one of the biggest institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft under the direction of Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Bauer. The Fraunhofer IAO is well-connected with the industry in various projects: from automotive suppliers and OEMs to energy companies, the ICT-industry or public institutions and municipal bodies. About 40% of the projects are conducted under direct contract with industrial partners. The business area information and communication technology and the competence center mobility innovation carry out projects across the entire value chain of electric mobility.

Previous work relating to the project

In the field of electric mobility there is a focus on the analysis of user behaviour, simulation and optimization of fleets, development of ICT-based solutions and standards as well as the design of business models and infrastructural conditions. Exemplary projects are the pilot region Stuttgart, the industry-financed project “Elektromobile Stadt” (electric mobility in the city), the joint project “IKONE” and the concomitant research for the “Electric Mobility in Pilot Regions”. The Fraunhofer IAO participates in “System Research for Electromobility” of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and supports the “Forum Elektromobilität e.V.”. Together with the associated Institute of Human Factors and Technology Management (Institut für Arbeitswissenschaft und Technologiemanagement IAT) of the University of Stuttgart, the Fraunhofer IAO shares an electric vehicle fleet consisting of 10 passenger cars and 13 bikes and their own charging stations.

The implementation of cloud-based solutions can be based on results of the BMWi (German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology) research projects THESEUS/TEXO (service engineering, monitoring and innovation), SkIDentity and CLOUDwerker (programme “Trusted Cloud”) and various industry projects. In the group “Business Models” of the THESEUS programme, the Fraunhofer IAO explored business models for the Internet of Services. In conjunction with industry and government authorities, the Fraunhofer IAO has already developed several ICT standards, e.g. VDA-QDX, openTRANS, BMEcat and open-Q. Currently it contributes to the development of a European standard for electronic payment systems.

Central activities in the project

  • Supporting project coordination
  • Designing and conducting the requirements analysis and user survey
  • Analysing and optimizing electric vehicle fleets
  • Cross-company planning of shared electric vehicle operations
  • Simulation and optimization of vehicle operations
  • Smart energy management across the fleet
  • Mobile applications
  • Development of roaming and partnering solutions
  • Deriving and defining standards and data formats
  • Development of business models
  • Supervising the pilot scheme in Stuttgart
  • Designing and conducting the evaluation
  • Coordinating and implementing measures to ensure the transfer of results


Fraunhofer-Institut für Arbeitswirtschaft und Organisation IAO
Nobelstraße 12
70569 Stuttgart

Contact person for Shared E-Fleet

Monika Kochanowski
Phone: +49 (0)711 970-2171