Propulsion System

The Perfect Alignment of Components and Subsystems

At AVL we take care of this complex integration task for you. We address all relevant vehicle domains and drive technologies. We also orchestrate the interaction of the subsystems and components – from body and chassis, to electrics and electronics (E/E) and the driveline.

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When searching for efficient, sustainable propulsion system solutions, integrability into the vehicle is becoming increasingly important. The selection of the right propulsion system and the associated subsystems and components is essential, as is the ability to integrate the system into the vehicle. The intelligent integration of the driveline system into existing or new architectures is crucial to achieving a perfectly aligned overall vehicle.

At AVL we take care of this complex integration task for you. We address all relevant vehicle domains and drive technologies. We also orchestrate the interaction of the subsystems and components – from body and chassis, to electrics and electronics (E/E) and the driveline. Our services cover the consulting and definition phase, all the way through to the actual implementation.

Hybrid, battery electric, fuel cell electric – the range of drive technologies is more diverse than ever before. Therefore, the industry requires options that are as flexible as possible – solutions that can ideally be adapted to other derivatives with manageable investment costs.

Based on our many years of engineering experience with propulsion systems, we develop innovative platform solutions that offer a variety of modular integration options. We also support you with integration strategies that rely exclusively on one type of drive, such as "Born BEV", the vehicle designed specifically with a battery electric propulsion.  

Fuel Cell Propulsion System
BEV Propulsion System in AVL Sedan - Top View

During the development of vehicle systems, we advise you on market requirements and technologies – and provide you with the appropriate solutions. To do this, we combine proven development processes with an extensive portfolio of state-of-the-art simulation and analysis methods.

Our approach to propulsion system integration is holistic optimization in terms of efficiency and installation space. When it comes to vehicle architecture and packaging, we factor in the different space and cooling requirements of all the components. Our in-depth experience of the propulsion, enables us to achieve measurable improvements in performance with only minor modifications.


Our modular platform approach gives you flexibility when selecting the drive technology and enables rapid adaptations.


Benefit from our many years of experience with propulsion systems and make use of our technology roadmaps for your future developments. Our open-mindedness when it comes to technology ensures that we focus on technological advances in all areas.


With a deep understanding of components and subsystems, we optimize the driveline in terms of performance and energy consumption.


The layout of the thermal system is one of the decisive factors when it comes to the integration of your propulsion system – an area in which AVL has great expertise.

Business Strategy Consulting

New market players and established manufacturers alike receive sound advice from us on which combinations of driveline and body variants will do well in which market – including calculation of the sales potential.

Operating Strategy

Depending on the desired vehicle characteristics, we provide you with the right driveline layout in energy-optimized synergy with all systems.

Supplier Qualification

As an independent service provider, we support you in selecting the best drive components. We evaluate suppliers and recommend the provider that will enable you to achieve both your technical and economic goals.

New Developments

When it comes to new propulsion system components to be developed, we are your reliable partner for precise definition of all requirements that have to be included in the specifications.

Johannes Linderl

What makes AVL special is the deep, broad understanding of drive components that is prevalent in the company. Here you have the opportunity to incorporate your own understanding of technology into development, and thus promote new mobility concepts.

– Johannes Linderl, Chief Engineer Vehicle, AVL

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