Electric vehicles for China’s officials
The Chinese car market is booming. Yet despite state subsidies, sales of electric vehicles and hybrids remain sluggish. Now China’s government plans to get them moving again with a new campaign.
Auto Industry Megatrends: How They Impact on Transmission and Drive Technology
3rd International CTI Symposium ‘Automotive Transmissions, HEV and EV Drives’ 17 – 19 September, Suzhou (China)
- Electrification is progressing
- More safety and driving comfort thanks to new transmission concepts
- Which transmission and drive technologies suit which user scenarios and markets?
Düsseldorf/Suzhou, July 2014 – China is the world’s largest auto market, and will grow another ten percent this year. That spells numerous opportunities for carmakers and suppliers, but also means they need to plan carefully how they use resources. One of the Chinese government’s strategic goals is to develop more environment-friendly mobility concepts and grow electric mobility in the country. At the beginning of July, the cabinet of Minister President Li Keqiang therefore exempted more environment-friendly cars from VAT. The tax break applies to electric cars with batteries and fuel cells, as well as to hybrid vehicles, and will stay in force until the end of 2017. Vehicle drives and transmissions influence energy consumption considerably, and are thus a key focus topic in car development.
The international Transmissions Market and the Holy Grail
Finding the optimal marketing strategy for automotive transmissions is a challenge for OEMS all over the world. But is there really such a thing as a universal strategy that works equally well for different technologies, and in old and new markets? In this expert article, Wajih Hossenally and Chris Guile go in search of the Holy Grail of the transmissions industry.
Why carmakers opt for modular hybrid concepts
An expert article by Uli Christian Blessing, Senior Manager Programs and Business, Getrag Untergruppenbach)
In the global market, efficient hybrid drive designs are often subject to specific regional requirements. This is why carmakers opt for variable hybrid concepts that can be adapted to local scenarios with a minimum of effort. Continue reading
Follow-up Report on the 8th International CTI Symposium USA: Automotive Transmissions, HEV and EV Drives, May 14–15, 2014, Rochester, Michigan
Author: Gernot Goppelt, technology journalist, Germany
Together toward 54.5 mpg
In 2011, U.S. President Barack Obama announced that by 2025, fleet consumption in the U.S. is to be reduced to 54.5 mpg. This equals a consumption level of 4.31 liters per 100 kilometers. The contribution that transmission technology can make to this target was discussed at the 8th International CTI Symposium on May 14 and 15, 2014 in Rochester. One of the issues under debate was the expectations of American drivers and changes in social parameters, which might require new approaches. This year saw only few proponents of the pure electric car; better chances were attributed to mild hybrids as well as, in the long run, plug-in hybrids for urban scenarios. While diesel engines for cars were no major issue, gasoline engines were still seen as offering major savings potential. As for transmission development, there was agreement despite differences in approaches. The requirements concerning efficiency and flexibility of the transmissions will continue to increase, but this must not happen at the expense of comfort.
Speakers in 2014
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