AutoTram - Hightech Demonstrator
Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems
The first version of the AutoTram, developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems IVI in Dresden, was constructed in 2005 as a universal experimental platform for different technology developments. The fundamental structure features a series-hybrid vehicle, i.e. a serial connection of a combustion engine and a generator, power electronics and electric traction motors. This serial hybrid concept provides the possibility to integrate alternative energy storages in a simple manner via the intermediate electric circuit as backbone and is therefore an intermediate step towards a full electric drive train.