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Plenary speech: E-Mobility for all – the concept behind


Frank Bekemeier, CTO e-Mobility, Volkswagen: “A no-compromise design for electric drives”

Volkswagen is backing fully optimized BEVs. The brand recently launched its ID.3 – the first model based on the Modular Electric Drive Kit or MEB – and plans to build a whole family of vehicles on this platform. Continue reading “Plenary speech: E-Mobility for all – the concept behind”

Plenary speech: BP energy outlook 2019 and solutions for advanced mobility


BP advocates more electrification and low/no-carbon fuels

Oil company BP began publishing its annual ‘Energy Outlook’ in 2012. In Shanghai, David Hall presented extracts from the latest edition. Since any predictions for 2040 are obviously a long shot, Hall presented four different scenarios. Continue reading “Plenary speech: BP energy outlook 2019 and solutions for advanced mobility”

Plenary speech: Electrified powertrain strategy from Geely’s perspective


Ruiping Wang, Vice President, Zhejiang Geely Auto Group: “The biggest growth will be in hybrid drives”

As the first speaker at the 18th CTI Symposium Berlin, Ruiping Wang presented her company’s strategy and gave insights into market conditions in China. Continue reading “Plenary speech: Electrified powertrain strategy from Geely’s perspective”

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”