Automotive Technology

The automotive industry faces a radical transformation. As a strong partner of automotive manufacturers and their suppliers, Fraunhofer IWS supports the ongoing transformation of the automotive value chain towards electrified, digitalized and environmentally friendly mobility. In particular, the reduction of CO2 emissions and the switch to alternative drives will contribute to achieving ambitious climate and environmental goals.

With expertise and many years of experience, our scientists research and develop modern lightweight design concepts, meet industry-specific quality and safety requirements, and design economical and sustainable engines based on friction-reducing and wear-resistant coating solutions. We offer innovative design and manufacturing solutions, high-performance materials and automated systems engineering to our customers along the entire automotive value chain – from feasibility studies to series-production commissioning.

Service offer


Car body, lightweight construction and safety

  • Lightweight construction
  • Fiber composites and mixed construction methods
  • Safety and environmental protection

Alternative drive concepts

  • Batteries for electric vehicles
  • Hydrogen fuel cells

Engine and gear

  • Construction and manufacturing
  • Friction reduction and wear protection

Quality and product labeling

  • Quality testing
  • Product labeling

Latest research and development results


Press release / 12.10.2021

Superlubricity eliminates friction in engines

Fraunhofer IWS works on machines that barely lose energy in the form of waste heat


Press release / 1.9.2021

Environmentally friendly manufacture of battery electrodes

Sustainable battery production


Press release / 5.8.2020

Solid-state battery to leap into industrial application

BMBF project “SoLiS” explores innovative lithium-sulfur battery concepts