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”

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”

Interview with Dr Sven Beiker, Silicon Valley LLC


Why the German Auto Industry Needs to Stay on the Ball

Interview with Dr Sven Beiker, Silicon Valley Mobility LLC

The market for mobility services is booming, and that matters for traditional automotive manufacturers too. Companies like Apple and Google may have dropped their plans to build autonomous vehicles in house, Continue reading “Interview with Dr Sven Beiker, Silicon Valley LLC”

Interview Fritz Indra


Formula 1 Expert Fritz Indra: The Automotive Sector is Under Pressure.

The automotive sector is under pressure. Aside from all internal trouble a considerable part of the pressure in the industry is caused by legislation, Fritz Indra says. All car manufacturers are currently pushing electrification, which may also be a strategy to take the bull by the horns. But in the opinion of the Austrian engine designer and Formula 1 expert, the current trend towards the electric car should be regarded in a more critical way than it currently is the case. Especially with regard to climate protection, he says, because electric cars aren’t as clean as they are expected to be. Continue reading “Interview Fritz Indra”

There is still a lot of work on the way to electrification!


There is still a lot of work on the way to electrification!

Interview with Ulf Herlin Product Group Head at Ricardo UK Ltd.

Electrification is a topic with many facets and there is still a long way to go until then. At the last CTI symposium in Berlin, we talked to Ulf Herlin of Ricardo and asked him Continue reading “There is still a lot of work on the way to electrification!”

Interview Grotendorst: Electric Mobility: combining driving enjoyment with sustainability


Electric Mobility: What could be better than combining driving enjoyment with sustainability?

CTI Symposium 2016 – Interview with Jörg Grotendorst, Head of E-Mobility, ZF Friedrichshafen AG.

ZF Friedrichshafen AG is deeply realigning their business modell at the moment. With the acquisition of TRW, they’re shifting from a classical driveline and chassis technology manufacturer to a holistic solutions provider – not just for mechanical systems, but for electronic systems too. We talked with Jörg Grotendorst, Head of E-Mobility at ZF about the trend towards e-mobility. Continue reading “Interview Grotendorst: Electric Mobility: combining driving enjoyment with sustainability”

12th CTI Symposium, Berlin 2013 – Interview with Max Nakagawa


Interview with Max Nakagawa

Denso has been forging ahead with its electrification R&D for years, and sees the topic as an important long-term trend for drive development. In this interview, Max Nakagawa, Chief Technology Officer at Denso International Europe, talks about progress and globalization in the electrification activities of the European automotive industry.

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12th CTI Symposium, Berlin 2013 – Interview with Mihir Kotecha


Interview with Mihir Kotecha

In recent years, the automotive industry has addressed globalization – and specifically, how customer needs vary across different regions ­– even more strongly, and is upbeat and open for new trends. Buoyed by a fresh sense of self-confidence, manufacturers are breaking new ground and actively shaping their position in tomorrow’s international market. GETRAG Chief Executive Officer Mihir Kotecha foresees further development of specialist expertise and research in-house, as well as global expansion and innovation.

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