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Alternative Drive Systems

Alternative Drive Systems

Type Testing and Consulting for Alternative Drive Systems

The future belongs to all types of alternative drive systems for motor vehicles and motorcycles. Whether it’s hydrogen, electric, or hybrid vehicle; whether it’s liquid, gas, or ethanol powered – our experts can check how eligible your alternative drive systems are for widespread approval. With our type testing and expert assessments, nothing need stand in the way of approval in Germany or Europe, for that matter. Where necessary, we can also support you on the way to the official manufacturer status.

Benefits at a Glance

With TÜV Rheinland’s testing and assessments for alternative drives systems:

  • Your alternative drive systems meet the legal requirements for operation on public roads
  • You benefit from excellent process through our complete support for interpreting regulations
  • You benefit from fast, cost-effective approval procedures, due to our good cooperation with several European regulatory authorities
  • You can take advantage of our many years of experience in exhaust technology, alternative drive systems, electrics, and electronics
  • You get the knowledge lead through our membership in national and international bodies for gas and hydrogen vehicles

Any questions? Would you like an individual, non-binding offer? Then write to us now. We will respond to your request as quickly as possible.

Our Services from Homologation to Approval

Our experts provide comprehensive support in the approval process for alternative drive systems. We offer the following:

Establishing a common homologation strategy with manufacturers, importers, and distributors


  • National and international consulting on alternative drive systems
  • Consulting on processing licensing procedures for hydrogen vehicles - fuel cell and hydrogen engine - and for hybrid vehicles and electric vehicles
  • Information on progress of negotiations with the transport, building and urban development authorities, the BMVBS, and the Economic Commission for Europe, the ECE Committee in Geneva
  • Technical consulting and support for public funding programs and research projects


  • Component and system testing according to ECE-R 10: radio interference suppression, electromagnetic compatibility
  • Component and system esting according to ECE-R 67: Special equipment for any kind of motor vehicle (liquefied petroleum gas, or LPG driven)
  • Component and system testing according to ECE-R 110: compressed natural gas, or CNG
    Electrical and electronic testing for hydrogen and hybrid vehicles
  • Exhaust emission measurement according to ECE-R 83.05 and (EC) regulation 692/2008
  • Fuel consumption measurement according to ECE-R 101 and (EC) regulation 692/2008
  • Tests of electrical and functional safety according to ECE-R 100 (electric vehicles)

Approvals, Assessments, and Certifications

  • Approval for test vehicles in compliance with road traffic approval regulations (§ 19 (6) of Straßenverkehrszulassungsordnung, StVZO)
  • Approval for individual vehicles in compliance with road traffic approval regulations (§ 19 / § 21 of StVZO)
  • Exhaust emission measurements and exhaust assessments
  • Free economy assessments partial assessments of test reports to apply for general approval or EC-approval
  • Audit reports for applying for EC type approval of hydrogen vehicles, or to apply for general operating permits (Allgemeinen Betriebserlaubnis, or ABE) for ethanol - (E85) control units and general operating approval for hybrid vehicles
  • Support for drafting documentation required for system approvals and ECE-R 115 - permits Certification of CNG, LPG, and hydrogen workshops

Any questions? Would you like an individual, non-binding offer? Then write to us now. We will respond to your request as quickly as possible.

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