Chair of Information Management

Sustainable Mobility Research Group (SMRG)

The Sustainable Mobility Research Group (SMRG) is an interdisciplinary research team, drawing from the fields of business information systems, economics, psychology, data science to investigate topics related to sustainable mobility. Additional members of the team include Prof. Dr. Johann Kranz of Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Prof. Dr. Norbert Mundorf from University of Rhode Island, and Dr. Mauricio Marrone of Macquire University in Sydney. Together, the team forms a center of competence focused on developing innovative solutions to help guide the rapidly evolving transportation industry toward a sustainable future. The SMRG collaborates with several economical partners, including its current status as a pioneer project the funding program Information and Communication Technology for Electromobility II (IKT für Elektromobilität II), and involvement in two projects within the Lower Saxony Electromobility Trade Show (Schaufenster Elektromobilität in Niedersachsen).

The core competence of the SMRG is practitioner-oriented evaluation of new technologies and concepts in the domain of mobility. Thus, our core objectives include development and testing of innovations, creation of business models and information systems regarding sustainable solutions for mobility, and the analysis of electrical vehicle (e-cars and e-bikes) acceptance and integration in todays and tomorrows energy systems (e.g. Smart Grid). Within these areas of research and application, we pursue the development of scientific publications of current and relevant subjects, working in an interdisciplinary research environment to exchange of knowledge within the scientific community.

Core competences and fields of application of the SMRG

  • Development and experimental testing of alternative concepts of mobility and business models.
  • Acceptance analysis of new or alternative means of transportation (via user surveys, methodical analysis for example structural equation modeling).
  • Fleet and potential analysis to optimize emission production and profitability
  • Development of information systems in the context of innovative mobility systems (such as portals and apps).
  • Application of data mining technologies and algorithms

Current and past research projects

e-Mobilität vorleben

  • Partners: Landkreis Göttingen, EON Mitte AG, Ländliche Erwachsenenbildung e.V., Grünes Auto Göttingen, stadt-teil-auto Carsharing Göttingen GmbH, Fraunhofer IWES
  • Objectives: The goal is to increase public availability and awareness of innovative and sustainable means of mobility in order to promote consumer acceptance. Subsequently we develop business models and provide applied examples for continuous economical operation over the project duration and region. We aim to provide substantial praxis oriented contributions to facilitate diffusion of electrical mobility.
  • Approach: We aim to develop an e-mobility concept for sustainable transportation within a specific regional area. The concept consists of two usage scenarios of regional mobility in which different applications of electrical mobility are developed and researched. The project focuses on rural areas because to circumvent difficult challenges like demographic bias. Furthermore, rural areas provide enormous potential for sustainable mobility design, such as the opportunity to utilize decentralized renewable energy.

e-Radschnellwege – Umstiege erleichtern (Schaufenster)

  • Partners: Stadt Göttingen, Landkreis Göttingen, E.ON Mitte AG
  • Objectives: We aim to extract knowledge regarding drivers, barriers of electrical bike acceptance as well as the analysis of the implications for increased mobility requirements within metropolitan traffic systems.
  • Approach: We gather infrastructure and implementation requirements of pedelec- and e-bike users and analyze the relationship between e-bike infrastructure implementation, acceptance, and economic mobility transformation toward a sustainable future for transportation.

Batterieelektrische Schwerlastfahrzeuge im Intelligenten Containerterminal (BESIC)

  • Partners: HHLA Container-Terminal Altenwerder GmbH, Gottwald Port Technology GmbH, Vattenfall Europe Innovation GmbH, Energie-Forschungszentrum Niedersachsen
  • Objectives: Gather empirical evidence investigating economic value of electrical mobility in context of a replaceable battery concept for closed transport and logistic systems.
  • Approach: Adaption of the operational algorithms of transportation vehicles, and development and optimization of an algorithm for load management of said vehicles. Development and evaluation of application concepts for a superior battery management system as well as an operational load management system whereby flexibility of container terminal operation can be used and marketed in combination with electrical mobility.

Machbarkeitsstudie Elektromobilität im Stadtbusverkehr Göttingen

  • Partners: Göttinger Verkehrsbetriebe GmbH, Fraunhofer-Institut für Verkehrs- und Infrastruktursysteme IVI
  • Objectives: Feasibility analysis of the introduction of buses with alternative and environmentally friendly propulsion technologies.
  • Approach: Analysis of existing infrastructure (bus stops, electrical grid), routes and schedules to gather user requirements. Identification and evaluation of the available market variations of alternative sustainable buses (such as battery electric, trolley hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fuel cell buses) in regards to technical and economical potentials.

Gap EV - Applied Research E-Mobility

  • Partners: Weltweit führender Smart Meter Anbieter
  • Objectives: Evaluation of future market and service requirements in the field of electro mobility.
  • Approach: Development of a service-oriented architecture for evaluation of predefined business scenarios in the area of electro mobility.

Excerpt of current research papers

  • Brendel, A. B.; Brennecke, J. T.; Zapadka, P.; Kolbe, L. M. (2017): A Decision Support System for Computation of Carsharing Pricing Areas and its Influence on the Vehicle Distribution, Proceedings of International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), South Korea.
  • Brendel, A. B.; Lichtenberg, S.; Nastjuk, I.; Kolbe, L. M. (2017): Adapting Carsharing Vehicle Relocation Strategies for Shared Autonomous Electric Vehicle Services, Proceedings of International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), South Korea.
  • Brauer, B.; Ebermann, C.; Hildebrandt, B.; Remané, G.; Kolbe, L. M. (2016): Green by App: The Contribution of Mobile Applications to Environmental Sustainability, 20th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS 2016), Chiayi, Taiwan.
  • Brauer, B.; Ebermann, C. (2016): The Role of Goal Frames Regarding the Impact of Gamified Persuasive Systems on Sustainable Mobility Behavior. In: European Conference of Information Systems (ECIS 2016), Istanbul
  • Brendel, A. B.; Brauer, B.; Hildebrandt, B. (2016): Toward User-Based Relocation Information Systems in Station-Based One-Way Car Sharing, Proceedings of Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS 2016), San Diego.
  • Remane, G.; Hanelt, A.; Hildebrandt, B.; Kolbe, L.M. (2016): Changes in Digital Business Model Types - A Longitudinal Study of Technology Startups from the Mobility Sector, 22nd Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS 2016), San Diego, USA.
  • Hanelt, A.; Hildebrandt, B.; Brauer, B.; Kolbe, L.M. (2015): Towards Sustainable Mobility - Digital Eco-Systems as Drivers of Disruptive Change, in: China Media Research, Vol. 11, No. 4, pp. 53-63.
  • Nastjuk, I., Kolbe, L.M. (2015): On the Duality of Stress in Information Systems Research - The Case of Electric Vehicles, 36th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2015), Fort Worth, Texas
  • Hildebrandt, B.; Hanelt, A.; Piccinini, E.; Kolbe, L.; Nierobisch, T. (2015): The Value of IS in Business Model Innovation for Sustainable Mobility Services - The Case of Carsharing, 12th International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik (WI 2015), Osnabrück.
  • Schmidt, J.; Hildebrandt, B., Eisel, M.; Kolbe, L. (2015): Applying Demand Response Programs for Electric Vehicle Fleets, Proceedings of the Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS 2015), Puerto Rico.


Universität Göttingen
Professur für Informationsmanagement
Prof. Dr. Lutz M. Kolbe

Sustainable Mobility Research Group
Alfred Benedikt Brendel, M. Sc.
Humboldtallee 3
37073 Göttingen

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