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”

Most valuable brands within the automotive sector worldwide as of 2018 – Did you know? #9


This statistic shows the most valuable automotive brands worldwide in 2018, based on brand value. The Toyota marque was ranked as the world’s most valuable car brand in 2018, with a brand value of nearly 30 billion U.S. dollars. Continue reading “Most valuable brands within the automotive sector worldwide as of 2018 – Did you know? #9”