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AgiloDrive – Agile Production System for Electric Motors

In the mobility sector's shift toward electrified drives, electric traction motors and their value chains are playing important roles. Against the backdrop of volatile future markets, however, investments in highly productive but rigid production systems are highly risky. As a consequence, production systems must be highly flexible in terms of technology and production capacity.

The focus of the AgiloDrive research project was therefore on developing an agile production system based on modular products and manufacturing processes and on digital process chains, which can be adapted based on the respective demands. In the future, this should enable the economical production of variants down to batch size 1 in order to benefit from cost-reducing economies of scale across different product series and manufacturing technologies.

Based on the successful proof of concept during the pilot and transfer phases of the project, KIT, Schaeffler, and 16 other partners have been researching the implementation and validation of the approach since 1 November 2021 in the follow-up project AgiloDrive2 funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK).

#Production#Vehicle Technology


Project management: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), wbk Institute of Production Science

Participating institutes of KIT:

  • Institute of Product Engineering
  • Institute of Electrical Engineering

Associated partners:

  • Schaeffler Automotive Buehl GmbH & Co. KG
  • Gehring Technologies GmbH + Co KG
  • e-mobil BW GmbH

Funding volume of the pilot and transfer phase: 1.3 million euros

Funded by


Felix Wirth, M.Sc.

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, wbk Institute of Production Science
Group Manager Electric Drives