JSAE Exposition 2015: Envisioning future of powertrains for passenger cars (2) (trends in Europe)

Can internal combustion engines survive in the age of low CO2 emissions? Lectures by AVL and ETAS

2015/07/02

Summary

Dr. GuenterUENTER Fraidl Dr. Wolfgang Sienel
Dr. Guenter Fraidl, Senior Vice President,
Powertrain System Passenger Cars, AVL List GmbH
Wolfgang Sienel, Doctor of Engineering,
President and Representative Director, ETAS K.K.

 At the Automotive Engineering Exposition 2015, a forum was held called "Seeking the mainstream powertrain for passenger cars after 2025" (Can internal combustion engines survive in the age of low CO2 emissions?). This report summarizes the presentations made by AVL List GmbH and ETAS K.K. during the forum, which highlighted trends in powertrain development in Europe. (To view the presentations given by Toyota Motor Corporation; Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.; Honda Motor Co., Ltd.; and Mazda Motor Corporation; refer to JSAE Exposition 2015: Envisioning future of powertrains for passenger cars (1).

 In regard to the question as to whether internal combustion engines will survive, AVL stated that both gasoline and diesel engines will survive and advance through sharing their respective technologies with each other and being further electrified based on 48-volt power. Engines, transmissions, software programs, motors and batteries will be advanced as powertrain modules. ETAS also stated that while internal combustion engines will survive, the key to their survival is developing software programs in virtual environments, referring to software programs that control powertrains and which are becoming more complicated and diversified. In Europe, the automotive industry (OEMs, tier 1 and 2 parts suppliers), universities, research institutions, and governments are joining forces to form a network in order to find solutions to future challenges and advance standardization.

Notes)   AVL: Headquartered in Austria, AVL is the world's largest independent company engaged in powertrain engineering.
ETAS: A 100-percent subsidiary of the Bosch Group, ETAS develops automotive control systems, and develops and markets development and diagnostic tools.

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