Welcome Note from the Chairman of the 8th CTI Transmission Symposium in Shanghai, 23th to 25th September 2019

Intelligent Electrified Drivetrains in China – How to Fulfill the Legal and Customer Requirements?

In 2018, China’s light vehicle sales have declined for the first time since 1990s, 3% fewer than in 2017. The Chinese market is, despite the lower growing rate recently, still the key automotive market in the world.

The dual credit policy has been implemented in China since last year. According to the policy, automakers have to increase the portion of the new energy vehicles (NEV) production from 8% in 2018 to 10% in 2019. This portion shall increase further to 12% in 2020.

In addition to that, the subsidies introduced to push the high-quality development in the NEV market will be reduced. This year, the national subsidy for NEVs will be cut by half for plug-in hybrid vehicles and pure battery electric vehicles (BEV). Additionally, the minimum required driving range of BEV is raised from 150 km in 2018 up to 250 km, showing the intention of the government to boost advanced drivetrains. Furthermore, local governments have stopped subsidizing the NEV from June 2019. The challenge for all OEMs in China is tremendous as they will be confronted with heavier cost pressure by greatly reduced national subsidy and the abolition of the local governments’ subsidies.

Due to the legislation and subsidies, the demand for high efficient and cost-effective drivetrains has never been higher before. How to provide the customers with power- and drivetrains of high value is the main challenge for all of us.

Considering the market situations mentioned above, the competition is becoming more and more intense. The NEV market will be reshuffled, only part of the current players will survive. In this context, vehicles having longer range, better performance, higher comfort, lower costs will certainly have a better base of competition. These characteristics are mainly influenced by power- and drivetrains respectively.

Again, this year, the CTI Symposium will cover all important innovations and progress in the field of drive systems, transmissions, components and development methods as well as market-specific requirements and global prospects. We will not only focus on a variety of new hybrid and EV drives, transmissions, but also on component-related topics, which help to optimize the complete drive system:

  • Dedicated Hybrid Transmission (DHT), single- and multi-speed transmission for BEV, DCT, AT, CVT, AMT, MT for conventional and hybrid vehicles
  • e-Axles and further drive system concepts
  • Market-specific constraints and impacts on drive system and transmission development
  • New concepts of launch devices, drivetrain topologies, components as well as actuator, sensor and control units for transmissions and drive systems
  • Thermal management and lubrication concepts
  • Powertrain integration, operating strategy and control algorithm
  • Software development and simulation tools
  • Calibration and development tools as well as test systems

We are taking the large variety of above-mentioned topics into account: 67 presentations in 8 parallel sessions, a panel discussion on the question “Which powertrain characteristics and product strategies are important to have success on the Chinese market?” accompanied by the Transmission-Expo, our “technology market for innovations at your fingertips” with 50+ exhibitors.

Together with the Introductory Day for Newcomers prior to the main program, the 8th CTI Symposium in Shanghai is again an important forum for international transmission and drive experts to exchange opinions and experience and provides a valuable status update.

I am looking forward to your participation and to many useful discussions and ideas.

Best regards

Prof. Dr Ferit KüçükayProf. Dr Ferit Küçükay
Director, Institute of Automotive Engineering
Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany