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.
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.
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”
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
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.
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
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.
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