Welcome Address


The rapid progress of digital transformation and faster evolution in automotive development will have a long-term effect on
automotive drives. In a few years’ time, machines will hold meaningful conversations with humans and will ‘know’ their
habits and moods. This will enable user-oriented driving functionality, and hence optimized vehicle operating strategies.
Already, large companies are moving fast to extend their digital competence by buying up smaller digital specialists.

The diversity of concepts, energy sources and charging modi in automotive drives is stronger than ever, which in turn increases
their complexity. The next five years will see an ‘electromobility rollout’ with a broad portfolio of electric vehicles that enable ranges of 500 km or higher, plus significant extensions to infrastructure. By 2025 at the latest, more and more BEVs will meet customer expectations – and not just because of the medium-range price parity with conventional automobiles that experts predict in specific segments.

Nevertheless, combustion engines – whether diesel or petrol – will still be the central pillar of automotive drives for a long while. Together with legal framework parameters, ‘reality checks’ from the energy and automotive industries continue to pour cold water on the euphoria generated by some electromobility players. However, significantly more electrified drive concepts – from 48 V mild hybrid through to plug-in hybrid drives – will enter mass production. Long term, some large carmakers now predict over 70 % market share for hybrid drives by 2050. In addition to numerous add-on hybrid concepts based on familiar MT, AMT, DCT and CVT transmission concepts, the future will also see more DHT concepts such as multi-mode, powersplit or Serial hybrid.

Once again, this year’s CTI SYMPOSIUM will address issues relating to all aspects of the automotive, transmission and drive industry. In addition to new concepts for transmissions, hybrid and electric drives, this includes production technology and component-related topics for passenger automobiles and commercial vehicles, and the influence of connectivity and automated driving on tomorrow’s drives:

  • Market and regulatory developments and their impact on drives
  • New hybrid, electric and fuel cell drives for passenger cars, trucks and buses, in part connected and automated
  • 48 V Mild Hybrid for various drives and markets
  • New AT, DCT, CVT and MT concepts with innovations to boost comfort and efficiency, and their modular hybridization
  • Various DHTs (Dedicated Hybrid Transmissions) for new hybrid drives
  • Drives with up to 3 ratios for EV drives, e-axles, high-rpm concepts
  • Conventional and electrified all-wheel drives, torque vectoring
  • Semiconductors, electric motors and batteries as key technologies in electrified drivetrains
  • Next-generation oils and lubricants for electrified drivetrains
  • Virtual, customer-oriented development using AI to determine efficiency, driveability and longevity
  • Test beds for EV and FCEV drives to examine and safeguard safety-relevant states
  • Compact, efficient driveaway and shift elements, eClutch, claw clutch, absorber solutions, torque and pressure sensors
  • Production: lightweight battery construction, electric motors, transmissions, new solutions with additive production,powder metallurgy

This year also marks the 10th anniversary of the CTI YOUNG DRIVE EXPERTS AWARD. This award honours outstanding papers by recent B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD graduates in the field of transmission and drive development, and highlights the importance of tomorrow’s engineers.

The wide range of topics will be addressed in a comprehensive programme that includes 10 expert plenary talks and 16 parallel lecture series. In the panel discussion, vehicle, mobility and drive experts will address a topic cluster titled ‘Which energy source will power tomorrow ́s mobility? What are its implications for the drivetrain?’. All this will be flanked by CTI SYMPOSIUM EXPO – our ‘Hands-On Technology Market for Innovative Products’ with 125 exhibitors.

Together with the introductory day for industry newcomers and the annual CTI TEST DRIVE with various drive and transmission
concepts, the 17th CTI SYMPOSIUM in Berlin offers outstanding opportunities for international transmission and drive specialists
to exchange ideas and opinions. It also provides invaluable updates on where we stand – and fascinating insights into what lies ahead.

I look forward to your participation and wish you lots of useful discussions and inspiration.

Yours sincerely,

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