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Electrification revolutionises the drive train and transmission

09-29-2009 09:19 PM CET | Business, Economy, Finances, Banking & Insurance

Press release from: INFORMA Deutschland SE

8th International CTI Symposium "Innovative Automotive Transmissions" 30 November to 3 December 2009, Maritim Hotel, Berlin

Düsseldorf/Berlin, September 2009. "The automotive engine and its transmission are currently undergoing an interesting evolutionary step, which is being promoted by political targets and customer preferences for CO2-friendly mobility," Dr Ferit Küçükay (Technical University Braunschweig) has determined. The increasing electrification of automotive transmissions leading to more energy-efficient vehicles means that transmission development now faces multifaceted challenges. Conventional transmissions must become more environmentally compatible, and hybrid engines will only be able to realise their full potential with the help of new transmissions. At the 8th International CTI Symposium "Innovative Automotive Transmissions" (30 November to 3 December 2009, Berlin) some ninety experts from the national and international automotive transmission field will present current concepts for modern transmission and drive systems. Under the direction of Dr Ferit Küçükay, they will discuss current commercial and technological trends. Developments will be presented in the areas of manual, automated and automatic transmissions, duplex clutch and continuously variable transmissions, and alternative drive technologies, as well as the integration of electronic and electrical components in the drive train and innovations in both power storage and energy management. The importance of technical innovations in today's difficult market environment for the automobile industry will be assessed by Dr Thomas Schlick (Verband der Automobilindustrie, VDA). The Chief Economist at Shell Germany Oil, Dr Jörg Adolf, will present the results of the Shell Automotive Scenarios to 2030, which examine the future of mobility following the financial and economic crisis.

Electrification progresses
Dr Leopold Mikulic (Daimler AG) will present the new drive technologies for reducing fuel consumption at Daimler. He will explain the importance of new transmission concepts and hybridisation of the drive train and describe the need for adjustments in drive technology on the way to sustainable mobility. Under the designation "BMW EfficientDynamics", the automobile manufacturer BMW has centralised various measures being taken to reduce CO2 emissions. Dr Johannes Liebl (BMW Group) will review the effects of various EfficientDynamics projects and examine the importance of electromobility for the future planning of his company. Gerald Killmann (Toyota Motor Europe) will explain the development of hybrid technology at Toyota. In the podium discussion, together with George Weiberg (Daimler AG), Andy Yu (BorgWarner Drivetrain Systems), Rolf Najork (GETRAG UP Corporate Group) and Dr Thomas Schlick (VDA), Liebl and Killmann will discuss downsizing, hybridisation and electrification, as well as the role of the transmission in the drive train of the future. On the second day of the symposium, Rolf Najork (GETAG Corporate Group) will discuss the CO2 classification system for automobiles and present the transmission manufacturer's various approaches to emission reduction. In the ten specialist forums of the CTI Symposium, more than 80 experts from eleven countries will present further concepts, solutions and development tools, and discuss the role of the transmission in the increasing electrification of the drive train.

1st CTI Young Drive Experts Programme
In the context of the "1st CTI Young Drive Experts Programme", an independent specialist jury will award prizes to the ten most interesting projects by young engineers in the area of drive train and transmission technology. The awards ceremony will be held on the first day of the symposium (1 December 2009). The winners will present their results to trade experts within the accompanying trade exhibition "Transmission Expo" and will have the opportunity to build contacts in the industries.

"Transmission Days" bundle symposium, exhibition and special events
This year's two-day symposium on 1 and 2 December 2009 will be preceded by an introductory day on 30 November 2009. In two parallel series of lectures, increasingly important interdisciplinary knowledge for developers will be covered in the area of drive and transmission technology through the electrification of the drive train. In addition, on 3 December, a test drive of current drive and transmission technologies will be offered in the General German Automobile Association (ADAC) Safety Centre Berlin- Brandenburg. During the symposium days, the accompanying trade exhibition "Transmission Expo" will be held with more than 60 exhibitors.

Further information:

Dr Nadja Thomas
Senior Press Officer
Car Training Institute - A division of Informa Deutschland SE
Prinzenallee 3
40549 Düsseldorf
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