aCar : TU Munich Develops Electric Car for Africa


TU Munich scientists created the electric car “aCar” specifically for application in rural areas in Africa.

Five years ago, scientists at the TU Munich began building a car that is supposed to improve mobility in developing countries within the course of a research project, thus opening a new possibility of mobility especially for rural regions with bad infrastructure. Driven by two electric engines and a power of 8kW/ 11 HP, the car can reach a maximum speed of approximately 60 km/h.

Graduate Engineer Sascha Koberstaedt and graduate engineer Martin Soltes, heads of the aCar project
Graduate Engineer Sascha Koberstaedt and graduate engineer Martin Soltes, heads of the aCar project

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The MAGSPLIT® Hybrid Transmission


The Magsplit transmission device splits propulsion power magnetically. In operation, it offers greater efficiency with superior NVH compared to the alternatives. As a power split, the launch quality is smooth and tunably progressive, whether driving purely electrically or with the combustion engine. As electrification proliferates, hybrids must continue to offer a competitive driving experience and, for Chinese customers, this magnetic power split transmission is ideal. Continue reading “The MAGSPLIT® Hybrid Transmission”

The Importance of Rheology and Viscosity Index Improver (VII) Selection in Passenger Car Efficiency


Lubricants have always been the “lifeblood” of automotive vehicles, reducing energy losses in the battle against friction, preventing wear, and ensuring durability and longer vehicle lifetimes. For modern drivetrains, purposefully formulated lubricants are a vital design element. They enable high levels of fuel economy and powertrain efficiency in response to government mandates designed to protect the environment and limit global warming to an acceptable limit. Continue reading “The Importance of Rheology and Viscosity Index Improver (VII) Selection in Passenger Car Efficiency”

A Comprehensive System Approach for Future Powertrain Electrification


Electrification opens up many new opportunities, but also causes a complex interaction between the combustion engine and electric motors in hybrid vehicles. This is why new concepts and components for powertrains are in high demand. It is not enough to simply mix and match existing options. Magna Powertrain is meeting this challenge by offering a modular and scalable product range that provides vehicle manufacturers with a wide range of options. Continue reading “A Comprehensive System Approach for Future Powertrain Electrification”

”Solarcar for everyone“ – Interview with Julius Zimmer of Sono Motors


Sono Motors is a startup based in Munich, Germany. With the Sion, the firm has developed the first mass-produced solar car, which charges its battery through solar power. Sono Motors wants to launch the Sion in 2019. We spoke with Julius Zimmer about this innovative E-car. Continue reading “”Solarcar for everyone“ – Interview with Julius Zimmer of Sono Motors”

YOUNG DRIVE EXPERTS AWARD


for BSc, MSc Graduates and PhD Students of Automotive, Mechanical, E/E, Mechatronical and Mobility Engineering

The annual CTI Young Drive Experts Award aims to encourage young engineers to continue their outstanding work in the fields of drive technology development and mobility engineering.

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CTI SYMPOSIA – keeping pace with progress


The automotive industry is developing fast – and so are our CTI SYMPOSIA. What began nearly 20 years ago as a specialist get-together for the transmission industry has now grown to become a leading Drivetrain Engineering congress and exhibition platform.

Our symposia on Intelligent, Electrified Automotive Drivetrains are specifically dedicated to the challenges and solutions of new energy vehicles.

  • even more forward-looking technology
  • even more important topics
  • even more knowledge-sharing opportunities