The development and application of fuel cell technology for transportation


Although fuel cell vehicles do not play a big role in China, Weiyu Shi said SAIC were still pursuing the technology and had developed a number of FCEVs since 2001. Examples included the Roewe 950 car, the Maxus FCV 80 minibus and the Sunwin passenger bus. Strategically, the company is striving to industrialize PHEVs and BEVs on a large scale, and to further develop fuel cell for segments where it makes sense. Continue reading “The development and application of fuel cell technology for transportation”

Powertrain technical challenge under the electrification trend


“Don’t be fooled by some media” said Shemin Zhang, speaking of the future of internal combustion engines. Although China was tightening CO2 legislation in a similar way to Europe, Japan and the USA, internal combustion engines still make sense – at least in hybrid systems. By 2025, ICEs would still account for over 80 % of the market, but efficiency requirements would keep rising and would depend on the degree of hybridization. Continue reading “Powertrain technical challenge under the electrification trend”

Audi’s first full electric premium SUV: e-tron


In Shanghai, Michael Schöffmann took a detailed look at the technology inside Audi’s e-tron 55 quattro. Maximum System power on the quattro 55 is 300 kW and continuous is 100 kW. Schöffmann distinguished between Peak Power and Boost Power: Boost Power (300 kW) lasts 8 s; Peak Power (265 kW, which Schöffmann says is enough for most everyday situations) lasts for 60 s. Continue reading “Audi’s first full electric premium SUV: e-tron”

Technical analysis of GAC’s G – MC electromechanical coupling system


In 2006, Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC) set up its development center for new tech and products, which Hongzhong Qi said, works largely independently. The centre is working on traction batteries, combustion engines for hybrid applications, and a Dedicated Hybrid Transmission called G-MC. Continue reading “Technical analysis of GAC’s G – MC electromechanical coupling system”

Panel Discussion – 8th International Congress and Expo | 23 – 25 September 2019, Shanghai, China


“Which powertrain characteristics and product strategies are important to have success on the Chinese market?”
Participants from left: Michael Schöffmann, Audi; Dr Shemin Zhang, Dongfeng; Ping Yu, Jing-Jin Electric; Prof. Tong Zhang, Tongji University; Prof. Ferit Küçükay, CTI Chair. Continue reading “Panel Discussion – 8th International Congress and Expo | 23 – 25 September 2019, Shanghai, China”

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”