The disciplines around drivetrain development increasingly intertwine


Dr Hamid Vahabzadeh, Vice President & Product Line Manager Global Transmissions at AVL List GmbH USA.

The automotive industry is transforming and disciplines are intertwining more and more. This challenges OEMs and suppliers who try to keep pace with the developments in all areas. Dr. Hamid Vahabzadeh has been chairman of the CTI Symposium for many years now and witnessed the changes in the industry. We talked to him at the Symposium, which was part of the CTI Automotive Week this year, to take the current changes into account. Continue reading “The disciplines around drivetrain development increasingly intertwine”

People think they have to make compromises buying EVs


Interview with Alexander Edwards, President, Strategic Vision, USA

Why do people buy electric vehicles and why do they avoid buying EVs today? And what can OEMs do to convince people of buying EVs? Alexander Edwards should know. His research company Strategic Vision carries out studies on buyer Feedback in the automotive sector. We talked to him at the CTI Symposium USA in May which was part of the CTI Automotive Week this year.

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CTI Mag: Success opens Doors


An editorial interview with reigning F1 World Champion Nico Rosberg

Obviously I still think a 12-cylinder AMG or Ferrari is brilliant. It gives you goose bumps. But there’s a place for everything, and autonomous driving and electric cars are just as fascinating.
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Issue: #December 2017

Mr Rosberg, you became Formula One world champion at the age of 31. How does it feel to be so successful that young?

Nico Rosberg: I only know it this way so I can’t compare. But it was  fantastic, and really emotional. I did it! It cost a lot of energy, but it was awesome. Sharing that success with everyone was great – my family, the team, friends. The title has an amazing effect on your life afterwards. This success opens doors, and it’s really valuable for my future. Continue reading “CTI Mag: Success opens Doors”

CTI Mag: HOERBIGER SlimLINE creates Space for Hybrid Drives


Worldwide demand for advanced hybrid technologies for vehicles is growingunabated. These technologies offer a combination of high range, low fuel consumption, and minimal emissions. At the same time, modern combustion engine-based drivetrains leave little room for the integration of additional necessary components. The innovative design of the HOERBIGER SlimLINE synchronizer saves installation space as well as weight and opens up valuable design freedom for hybrid vehicles. Transmission manufacturers can utilize the extra space for an additional electric motor, for example.

Dipl. Ing. Ottmar Back, Head of Product Line Synchronizers, HOERBIGER Antriebstechnik Holding GmbH

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CTI Mag: Bearing up against the Fight with Friction


As ever stringent targets for improved energy efficiency and reduced tailpipe emissions become more demanding to meet, automotive OEMs are waging a fierce battle against powertrain losses of all types. Sylvain Bussit, Product Line and Business Development Manager for Powertrain at SKF explains how innovative bearing design and specification in the transmission area can help.

Aktiebolaget SKF (publ)

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CTI Mag: Further CO2 savings thanks to Electric Transmission Oil Pumps


Conventional, mechanically driven oil pumps must provide the power required under maximum load at each speed in the transmission. In general, under real operating conditions these pumps waste not only valuable energy, but also material and space. Electric oil pumps, on the other hand, provide the power which is actually required at the load points. Further efficiency gains in the transmission are thus possible.

Dr. Erkan Arslan, Management Concept Engineering Powertrain, Bühler Motor GmbH
Herwig Moser, Director Product Segment Powertrain, Bühler Motor GmbH

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CTI Mag: Hydraulic Accumulator in Transmission Controls


Dual clutch transmissions offering disruption-free traction are in the portfolio of all well-known auto manufacturers. The hydraulic accumulator is the ideal solution to ensure that hydraulic actuations are as efficient as possible even at peak demand. Independent investigations have shown that the hydraulic accumulator makes it possible to gear components, such as the hydraulic pump for actuators, to reduced fuel consumption. This saves energy and reduces CO2 emissions. The hydraulic accumulator needs only about a sixth of energy of a conventional constant pump. Thus, the CO2 emission is reduced by up to 4 g/km.

Thorsten Hillesheim, Technical Director, Freudenberg Sealing Technologies

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CTI Mag: Dynamic Torque sensing for Future Power Train Control


More stringent world-wide government regulations addressing the reduction of poor air quality across many cities and noise pollution whilst increasing road safety are driving the Automotive Industry manufacturers to focus R&D efforts on more efficient and accurate overall powertrain control.

Johannes Gießibl, Senior Magnetoelastic Project Manager, Methode Electronics International GmbH

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Interview Prof. Dr Peter Gutzmer, Schaeffler AG


Mobility for tomorrow – an integrated view on the energy and powertrain options

Interview with Prof. Dr Peter Gutzmer, Chief Technology Officer, Deputy CEO, Schaeffler AG

The transmission world is in a phase of change. In addition to improving the classic transmission technology, new technologies have to be integrated into new types of transmissions. We spoke to Prof. Dr Peter Gutzmer, Deputy CEO of Schaeffler AG, in Berlin. Continue reading “Interview Prof. Dr Peter Gutzmer, Schaeffler AG”

Interview Marc Ritter Google Germany


Mission Google – what can automotive companies learn from Google?

Interview with Marc Ritter, EMEA Automotive Partnerships, Google Germany GmbH

Google wants to support companies in their digital transformation, and the auto industry is particularly interesting. We spoke to Marc Ritter, Google Germany’s automotive expert, in Berlin. Continue reading “Interview Marc Ritter Google Germany”