NEVs (New Energy Vehicles) may still be a rare sight on the roads, but there’s no doubt the future belongs to e-mobility. OEMs saw the light a long time ago, and are ramping up their activities after a warm-up phase. Among the most interesting premieres in recent months were the Porsche Taycan, Volkswagen ID.3 and Opel Corsa-e. How will these pure EVs fare in their respective segments in 2020?
Experience the competition live – at CTI SYMPOSIUM Berlin
Leading manufacturers will use this CTI Symposium to present their strategic thinking and latest innovations. It’s apparent that many OEMs are determined to be front-runners in electrification too. Under the motto “Out of the niche, into the mass market”, the battle for top positions and market share has already begun.
Porsche Taycan: 761 hp and 30,000 pre-orders
We look forward to welcoming Oliver Blume, CEO Porsche AG, at CTI SYMPOSIUM Berlin.
On 4 September, Porsche celebrated the dazzling world premiere of the new Taycan on three continents at once. “Today marks the dawn of a new era,” said Dr Oliver Blume. “The Taycan combines our traditions with the future.” The all-electric four-door sports limousine has impressive performance: the most powerful version – the Turbo S with Overboost – has 560 kilowatts (761 hp) and a maximum torque of 1050 Nm, accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and has a range of 450 kilometres. The Taycan is the first Porsche with an 800-volt system, a technical highlight whose benefits include ultra-short charging stops. The high number of pre-orders shows Porsche has hit the spot with this concept.
At CTI SYMPOSIUM Berlin, plenary speaker Dr Oliver Blume will explain the strategies Porsche is adopting for tomorrow’s challenges. His key question: “Which drive concepts can transfer the fascination of sports cars to the age of electromobility?” His reference to the Taycan is certain to be just part of the answer.
For a deeper dive into the technical details, we recommend the lecture by Michael Niko. The Porsche Taycan is powered by two highly efficient e-machines on the front and rear axles, making it a 4WD. The two-speed transmission in the rear axle is an innovation developed by Porsche. Michael Niko will explain specific aspects of the complex development work, including wheelsets, differential, parking lock, oil supply and NVH behaviour.
Track-level performance – Innovations for Ferrari
CTI SYMPOSIUM Berlin offers you the opportunity to hear about two very interesting cooperation projects involving Ferrari.
Plenary speakers Jörg Gindele (Magna Powertrain, Germany) and Francesco Strati (Ferrari, Italy) will present Magna’s all-new 8DCL900 high-end dual-clutch transmission. Requirements for the 8-speed DCT included excellent performance in daily use as well as on track, excellent efficiency and high reliability. Other essentials were low weight and a compact package. To square that circle, the development team came up with a brand new design that optimizes all assemblies – including oil circulation, hydraulics and clutch. The design can also be hybridized later on, for example by fitting an electric motor to the transmission. The 8DCL900 is the flagship of the Magna transmission family. It’s ideal for supercars, and is configured for a new generation of high-performance engines. Magna emphasises that many of the new technologies will benefit not just the high-performance segment, but also mass production transmissions.
As the recently unveiled SF90 Stradale proves, Ferrari also aims to play a leading role in tomorrow’s hybrid drives. This plug-in hybrid has three electric motors to support the ICE. One acts directly on the dual-clutch transmission, the other two form a discrete electric drive unit on the front axle. Fabio Irato (Dana Graziano, Italy) and Gianluca Quattromani (Ferrari, Italy) will present a similar concept for a P4-E-Axle for sports cars. Highlights of the new drive unit include 4WD with torque vectoring, and high-speed (25,000 rpm) e-motors with outstanding power density. The system developed by Dana Graziano features innovative electromechanical separation, and provides the electric reverse gear. Most importantly, the electric drive can power the front wheels independently to give traction and dynamics a special boost. Ferrari says that thanks to hybridization, drivers can look forward to “ever higher power levels and lower emissions … and even more fun.”
Opel’s EV – from supporting role to star
At IAA Frankfurt 2019, Opel recently presented the sixth generation of its popular Corsa compact car. The main attraction was the all-electric Corsa-e version. The message is clear: Opel’s new EV needs to be very attractive, meet everyday driving needs in full, and be really affordable.
Dr Peter Ramminger (Opel, Germany) will explain how the Corsa-e ticks all these boxes using an advanced drive, battery and charging system. Key performance figures are already available: the Corsa-e will launch with a 100 kW motor, a 50 kWh battery and a range of 330 km (WLTP). Charging is particularly convenient: the Corsa-e can either recharge overnight from a domestic power outlet, or at a 100kW fast charging station. Dr Peter Ramminger will describe in detail what technical decisions Opel made to secure high acceptance levels across a wide range of potential buyers. Sales figures for the Opel Ampera-e (created while Opel was still with General Motors) were relatively low, but the company plans to change that with the new Opel Corsa-e. Fittingly, the Corsa-e will also be available in a limited rally version – for the Opel Brand Cup, due to launch in 2020.
Volkswagen is backing e-mobility for all. What’s the concept behind it?
The Golf is still Volkswagen’s best-selling model globally. But at IAA Frankfurt 2019, the company celebrated the world premiere of its designated successor. The new ID.3 is designed to take over as market leader from the Golf.
Volkswagen is taking a bold leap into the age of electromobility. At CTI SYMPOSIUM Berlin, two speakers will share the latest information from Wolfsburg. Plenary speaker Frank Bekemeier (Volkswagen, Germany) will explain in detail the underlying ideas and strategies for Volkswagen’s ambitious motto ‘e-mobility for all’. Dr Karsten Bennewitz (Volkswagen, Germany) will address the technical options Volkswagen is pursuing for its electrified powertrain.
Most eyes will probably be on the brand new VW ID.3. Like all upcoming ID. models, it’s based on the new Modular Electric Drive (MEB) designed exclusively for electric drives and maximum cabin space. Volkswagen has calculated a low entry price for the ID.3, and believes this car will make range anxiety a thing of the past. Buyers can choose from three battery sizes with a range of 330, 420 or 550 km respectively under WLTP. Charging capacity at a fast charging station is 100 kW, and VW will offer its own wall box for convenient home charging. Will this new Volkswagen mark a breakthrough for electric cars? If so, the VW ID.3 could become as legendary as the Beetle or Golf.
News from Mercedes – the Hybrid World Champion
No CTI SYMPOSIUM Berlin would be complete without Mercedes. Ten years ago, Mercedes won a Formula 1 race for the first time with a hybrid vehicle. To this day, the benefits of recuperation help its cars win races. Mercedes is vigorously advancing hybridization across the board on its road-going vehicles. In his up-to-the-minute talk, Dr Matthias Maisch (Daimler, Germany) will present the new DCT plug-in hybrid transmission for Mercedes-Benz compact cars. Unfortunately, we are not at liberty to reveal details of this exciting topic here.
A second presentation will describe a Mercedes AMG / Altair Engineering joint project for increased design process efficiency when developing high-performance electric motors. Torben Schulze (Mercedes-AMG, Germany) and Dr Lars Frederiksson (Altair Engineering, Germany) will show how they are applying a highly automated design strategy based on AMG’s ongoing engine programme and Altair’s simulation-driven design (SDD). The speakers will explain how this strategy can accelerate the development of high-performance electric motors while simultaneously reducing costs.
CTI SYMPOSIUM Berlin – an exciting event!
Find inspiration in our wide offering – then compile your own individual programme for the CTI SYMPOSIUM 2019. Experience top-notch speakers in the sessions and the plenary. Discover technical highlights at CTI SYMPOSIUM EXPO. Make valuable contacts at the NETWORKING NIGHT. Cast your vote for young drivetrain experts at the CTI AWARD – and steer a demonstration vehicle round the course at CTI TEST DRIVE.
Welcome to CTI SYMPOSIUM Berlin!
At the CTI SYMPOSIUM Berlin experts will discuss the following important areas in the plenary speeches and sessions:
- Sports car powertrains of the future (Dr Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG)
- Development of the innovative rear axle transmission for the new Porsche Taycan (Dr Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG)
- Trans:Mission performance – the all-new Ferrari 8DCL900 high-end dual clutch transmission by Magna (Magna Powertrain & Ferrari SpA)
- E-FDU: an innovative double motor, disconnectable front electric drive unit for Ferrari sport car application (Dana Graziano & Ferrari SpA)
- The propulsion, energy storage and charging systems of the new e-Corsa (Opel Automobile GmbH)
- E-mobility for all – the concept behind it (Volkswagen AG)
- Volkswagen´s electrified drivetrains (Volkswagen AG)
- The 8F-DCT plug-in hybrid transmission for the Mercedes-Benz compact car family (Daimler AG)
- An efficient and automated design strategy for multi-physics e-motor development (Mercedes-AMG GmbH & Altair Engineering)