Production efficiency in small series production


Motivation and approach

With a stock of approx. 18,000 electric cars in Germany at the beginning of 2015, the number of units - measured in the total number of approx. 44.4 million cars - is classified as very low. These 18,000 vehicles are distributed among 17 electric vehicle models of German manufacturers and a large number of other foreign models. At the same time, the degree of standardization across models is very low due to very different range and construction space requirements. Primarily, electric vehicles have not been successful in the mass market, as they have disadvantages in terms of reach and cost compared to conventionally powered vehicles in today's demanded quantities. Cost savings and efficiency improvements can be lifted by innovative product and process concepts, especially in small batch production. This initial situation requires cost-effective and at the same time efficient and flexible solutions.

Research goal

The aim of this research project is to increase the efficiency of small series production using the example of electric vehicle production. As part of the previous Objective 2 program 2007 - 2013 (ERDF), the research project KMUProduction.NET was funded to enable small and medium-sized companies from North Rhine-Westphalia for component, electrical and small vehicle production. Building on these results, the research project aims to develop and investigate novel, practice-oriented technical solutions in order to be able to produce small series in the future field of electromobility as cost-effectively, efficiently and flexibly as possible. The research project is divided into the two subprojects - outer skin and body - in order to illustrate efficiency gains in the production of essential components. The involved partners cover the competences required for a successful completion of the project.

Research and project partner

  • LBBZ GmbH
  • FH Aachen
  • PEM of RWTH Aachen
  • StreetScooter GmbH, Aachen
  • TRUMPF Laser- and Systemtechnik

This project is funded by the European Union and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.


01.03.2017 - 29.02.2020

Project number

MP-1-2-003c / EFRE-0800779

Project sponsor

Projektträger Jülich (PtJ) | Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH



Max Busch