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 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

 

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”