Plenary Speaker 2015
Mike Harpster, Director – Propulsion Systems Research Lab, GM Global Research and
Charles Gray, Director Transmission & Driveline Engineering, Ford Motor Company, USA
John McDonald, Chief Operating Officer Global, GETRAG International GmbH, Germany
Seiji Honda, COO, JATCO Ltd, Japan
Ian Wright, CEO, Wrightspeed Inc., USA
Ali Maleki, Vice President Business Development, Ricardo, Inc., USA
Philip George, Director – Advanced Development, Schaeffler North America, USA
Don Hillebrand, Director of Center for Transportation Research, Argonne National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy, USA
Follow-up Report on the 13th International CTI Symposium – Automotive Transmissions, HEV and EV Drives, December 8-11 2014, Berlin, Germany
Transmissions are becoming the manager of powertrains
At the start of the 13th CTI Symposium in Berlin, Professor Ferit Küҫükay said the German auto industry would be launching around 30 new cars with electrified drives in 2014 and 2015 alone. Electrification was stiffening the competition among drive concepts, and enabled engine and transmission concepts to be combined in more and more different ways. As a result, drives would remain a very exciting field for engineers. While Berlin showed the growing importance of integrative, holistic development approaches, it was important to be more open for new approaches too. The fate of internal combustion engines was by no means sealed, but in future they would be accompanied more frequently by an electric motor, right up to integration in active transmissions.
What advisory board members think about the CTI Symposium and hot topics of the industry:
420 automobile experts from around the world meet up in Suzhou
3rd International CTI Symposium and Exhibition
Innovative Automotive Transmissions, Hybrid & Electric Drives China
Düsseldorf/Suzhou, 22 September 2014 – With strong visitor interest, lively discussions and informative lectures on all aspects of the auto industry, the 3rd international CTI Symposium ‘Innovative Automotive Transmissions, Hybrid & Electric Drives China’ (17-19 September) was a big success with trade visitors and organizers alike. “The CTI Symposium is an ideal platform for discussing specific aspects of transmission and drive technology, as well as overarching trends and visions, with other specialists” says Dr Calvin C. Lee, Product Director, New Energy Vehicles, China FAW R&D Center, enthusiastically. “The organisation is like a big community where you can grow your career network among experts from all over the world.”
13th International CTI Symposium, Berlin, Germany, 8-11 December 2014
Plus Transmission Expo
Düsseldorf, 19 September 2014. The diversity of transmission and drive concepts is booming, with no sign of consolidation in sight. ”Due to electrification and the growing complexity of drives, competition for the best transmission and drive concept has entered a whole new dimension”, explains Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ferit Küçükay (Director Institute of Automotive Engineering, Technical University of Braunschweig). ”Drives and transmissions need to be so well integrated into the overall vehicle, and network so well with vehicles, driving environments and drivers, that they work with optimal efficiency, and safely. Transmissions also need to be affordable, light and compact, offer segment and market-specific advantages, and meet legal requirements for energy consumption and CO2 emissions”.
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.