Vienna Motor Symposium 2023 (1) Powering the future: drive systems and energy
Presentations from VW, Hyundai Mobis, and Bosch
The International Vienna Motor Symposium, being organized by the Austrian Society of Automotive Engineers (ÖVK), was held for the 44th time this year. As is tradition it took place at the Hofburg in Vienna, Austria from April 26th to 28th, and was attended by more than 1,000 participants from many different countries. For the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the event could be attended by participants from Asian countries again.
Over 80 presentations could be attended in three parallel sessions. Further in-depth video lectures were held in addition to "virtual sessions" on the web platform during the event.
At this annual event, experts from automotive OEMs and component suppliers as well as academics come together to exchange opinions on future climate-neutral drive solutions.
Main topics of this year’s symposium were current trends in drive systems, energy sources for mobility and the co-existence of batteries, fuel cell and combustion engines.
Besides driveline technologies, topics such as charging technologies, autonomous driving and connectivity were addressed as well.
The full agenda of lectures can be viewed on the official website (https://wiener-motorensymposium.at/en/programme/technical-programme) and the conference documents - also for previous symposia - can be ordered here (https://wiener-motorensymposium.at/en/conference-documents).
On the evening of the first day and during break time, participants had the opportunity to visit 45 booths at the accompanying trade exhibition. Suppliers, service and solution providers, research institutes and engineering consultancy companies showcased their latest products, technologies and concepts.
In the outside area participants were offered the possibility to take a close look at the latest technologies in vehicles on display and experience these by having a test drive.
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Geringer, Chairman of the Board of the Austrian Association for Automotive Engineering (ÖVK), opened the event with a sombre announcement and an obituary for Prof.Dr. Hans Peter Lenz. The mechanical engineer and university professor, who passed away in December 2022, was honorary chairman of the ÖKV, which he founded in 1985, and is therefore considered a pioneer of the Vienna Motor Symposium.
After a minute's silence and welcoming the participants, Prof. Dr. Geringer emphasized that mere targets are not enough and that something urgently needs to be done, as combustion engines are the subject of massive criticism in Europe. In addition, there are controversial opinions among the experts on the subject of eFuels. There is consensus, however, that all forms of renewable energy sources must be relied upon in order to be able to achieve the global climate neutrality targets. The Vienna Motor Symposium offers a broad spectrum of insights into all relevant energy sources and drive systems as well as solutions for this transformation process toward climate-friendly mobility, he said.
This is part one of the event report, which includes a summary of some of the keynotes of the opening plenary session and the subsequent round of questions.
Part two will cover an outline of the plenary closing sessions and in part three we will highlight a selection of the technical lectures.
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