The Motor of the Automotive Future

The Motor of the Automotive Future

9th International CTI Symposium + Transmission Expo
Automotive Transmissions, HEV and EV Drives
18 – 21 May 2015, Novi, Michigan, USA

Düsseldorf/Novi, 8 April 2015. Upcoming American regulations for the average C02 emissions of auto manufacturers’ fleets – known in the USA as Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) – foresee a reduction in emissions from light duty (i.e., passenger) vehicles from 250g C02/mile in 2016 to 163g C02/mile in 2025. Using new developments in conventional drives, and by electrifying drives with electric motors and power electronics, the aim is to reduce emissions with no loss of comfort or safety. The 9th International CTI Symposium Automotive Transmission, HEV and EV Drives (18 – 21 May 2015, Novi, Michigan) will present the latest developments on this topic and provide perspectives for the coming years. In more than 70 specialist lectures, renowned international experts from the USA, Asia and Europe will discuss the technologies and strategies that are shaping our automotive future. The 9th International CTI Symposium will be flanked by the specialist exhibition Transmission Expo.

Hybrid drives on the road to CAFE 2025
To ensure compliance with emission norms, system supplier GETRAG is focusing on energy-efficient drive systems, optimized and competitively priced products (e.g., using shared components), and hybridization using electronics and electric motors. At the same time, the company emphasizes the way hybrid vehicles are advancing. In his lecture, John McDonald (Chief Operating Officer Global, GETRAG International GmbH, Germany) will explain how the company is responding to market requirements and lawmakers, and assess its new DCT & Hybrid portfolio. Philip George (Director – Advanced Development, Schaeffler North America, USA) will present his company’s new hybrid system: a 48-volt mild hybrid in combination with a PTO for auxiliary equipment. Mike Harpster (Director – Propulsion Systems Research Lab, GM Global Research and Development, USA) will talk about how customers and their expectations are changing, as well as about energy production and forward-looking drive technologies at GM, while Don Hillebrand (Director of Center for Transportation Research, Argonne National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy, USA) will report on how future consumption guidelines can be met.

The car of the future: autonomous, connected and electronic
The number of drive and transmission solutions has risen – but can they actually be put into production cost effectively? Charles Gray (Director Transmission & Driveline Engineering, Ford Motor Company, USA) will show how the need to meet requirements impacts on development and production. Seiji Honda (COO, JATCO Ltd, Japan) will examine how the latest CVT technologies can help reduce CO2 emissions. Ian Wright (CEO, Wrightspeed Inc., USA), former co-founder of Tesla, will talk about future developments in electric drive technology, and how they can be capitalized. Ali Maleki (Vice President Business Development, Ricardo, Inc., USA) will look at the drive-side requirements of autonomous automobiles. At the symposium on May 20 and 21, over sixty expert contributions await attendees, grouped into ten different theme clusters and arranged in series of parallel lectures. Topics will include the latest developments in commercial vehicles, power train control, all-wheel-drive vehicles and NVH (Noise Vibration Harshness).

Two-day introductory seminar, Transmission Expo 2015 and Test Drives
A two-day introductory seminar (May 18 – 19) led by Prof. Dr Ferit Küçükay (Director of the Institute of Automotive Engineering, Technical University of Braunschweig) offers young professionals and career changers valuable insights into automotive concepts, automotive transmission design layouts and power train management. Forty companies have already confirmed their place at the satellite exhibition Transmission Expo, where they will be presenting their latest products and developments. On May 20 and 21, attendees can also test-drive a selection of vehicles with current transmissions and drive technologies. Project engineers will be on hand to explain the special characteristics and benefits of these innovative technologies, and to answer individual questions about the test vehicles.

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