New CTI Mag out now – Automotive Drivetrains | Intelligent | Electrified


In the Expert Forum, the big question is what new drive functionalities we can expect from connectivity and AI between today and 2035.

Welcome to the December 2018 issue of the CTI Mag. In the automotive industry, drive diversity and drive complexity continue to shape research and development activities. Continue reading “New CTI Mag out now – Automotive Drivetrains | Intelligent | Electrified”

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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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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Hybridisation via 48 V systems: The smartest way to reduce automotive CO2 emissions?


The only practical way for automobiles to meet strict CO2 reduction targets is through incremental powertrain electrification. But which concepts are most promising, and how do you get innovations into production fast? This is just one of the hot topics high calibre experts will be discussing at the 16th International CTI Symposium Berlin (4-7 December).

The quiet star: mild hybrids based on 48 V
Electric automobiles often grab the public’s attention, but have yet to break through. The most frequent objections are the high purchase price, and the lack of range and charging points.
48 V-based mild hybrids are different. Behind the scenes, this concept is gradually becoming the preferred candidate, particularly in terms of feasibility and cost-benefit ratio. The heart of the technology is a starter/ generator that can be added to existing powertrains with relatively little effort. This reduces the fuel consumption, and hence the CO2 emissions, of the internal combustion engine to a relative extent while offering drivers comfort features normally reserved for expensive high voltage technology. The existing 12 V system is integrated into the 48 V system, and is available in parallel. Continue reading “Hybridisation via 48 V systems: The smartest way to reduce automotive CO2 emissions?”

Young Drive Experts Award 2017 in Berlin


Enter now and present your research topic to an audience of international automobile experts

“Scientific work and research projects need to be transferred into industrial applications. Conferences like the CTI Symposium are the ideal platform to raise the industry’s interest in our scientific achievements”.

This is what last year’s Young Drive Experts Award winner, Marco Denk said. After winning the preliminary round, the researcher beat his two fellow finalists in a live presentation at the CTI Symposium 2016 in Berlin.
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Modern Drive Technology – an electrifying topic


16th International CTI Symposium Automotive Transmissions, HEV and EV Drives, 4 – 7 December 2017, Berlin, Germany

More than 1350 participants from 25 countries are expected to attend this year’s CTI Symposium in Berlin (4 – 7 December 2017). Symposium chair Prof. Dr Ferit Küçükay (Director of the Institute of Automotive Engineering, TU Braunschweig) will be welcoming a host of top-notch speakers including Rolf Najork (President of the Executive Board, Bosch Rexroth AG), Prof Peter Gutzmer (Chief Technology Officer, Deputy CEO, Schaeffler AG), Dr Wolfgang Warnecke (Chief Scientist Mobility, Shell), Dr Sven Beiker (Founder and Managing Director, Silicon Valley Mobility, LLC; Lecturer in Management, Stanford Graduate School of Business) and Alessandro Coda (Chief Technology Officer, CLEPA – The European Association of Automotive Suppliers).
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Gearbox production: Optimization – the eternal quest


”To achieve consistent quality, you need to continuously synchronize customer expectations and your search for optimization potential”

said Tomoyoshi Sator, Senior Vice President Corporate Quality Assurance Division, Jatco Ltd. at the 11th CTI Symposium USA in May 2017 in Novi, Michigan. Jatco’s example is another clear reminder that tomorrow’s biggest challenge involves continuously self-optimizing internal processes (particularly in production), not meeting requirements in different markets or achieving breakthroughs in drive system frugality. That means manufacturers need to work out how to ensure consistent quality and efficiency across all international facilities – and also bring new and promising methods into production. Continue reading “Gearbox production: Optimization – the eternal quest”