Tuesday, 26 March 2019
01:00 pm - 03:30 pm
The race of drives has begun: Ever since the Volkswagen emissions scandal in 2015, the global automotive industry has been under massive public pressure to optimize its vehicles with regard to pollutant emissions. Long before this event, the European Union had set guidelines for CO2 regulations to be met by car manufacturers with their vehicle fleets. If these goals are not achieved, corresponding penalties must be paid. For the year 2021, a value of 95 g CO2 / km has been set and by 2050, CO2-free propulsion systems will already be required for new registrations within the EU. In addition to CO2 emissions, nitrogen oxides are also an issue, especially in diesel engines. Even if internal combustion engines are still said to have plenty of potential for further optimization measures, automobile manufacturers are increasingly focusing on the development of alternative and emission-free drives, such as pure electric drives or hydrogen drives with fuel cells, in order to comply with the imposed regulations. Numerous questions arise for the entire supply chain: Which technology will prevail in the medium and long term - plug-in hybrid, hydrogen, Battery Electric or even the classic combustion engine with synthetic fuels? Which technologies are used by the individual car manufacturers? What role do new drive components, such as electrified aggregates, play? What does the customer want? The (electrified) drives of the future will undoubtedly have a strong impact on the entire value chain - especially on existing business models - and will change them sustainably.
Head of Alternative Propulsion Systems, R&D at Magna Steyr Fahrzeugtechnik in Graz