The world of powertrain is currently navigating the tensions between increasing CO2 emissions in vehicle fleets, an explosive increase in drivetrain variants, cost pressure and regulatory interventions by governments. Many questions are still open and issues unresolved. That’s why companies are pursuing a variety of drivetrain strategies that will lead to a comprehensive electrification of the drivetrain, as this is the best way to be prepared for the future.
This is the one place where you can listen to more than 60 expert presentations and learn about current matters prevailing in series development of powertrains and transmissions. Following a thorough review process, it is up to the committee of experts to decide which topics will finally make it on the agenda. What matters are technical depth and level of sophistication allowing our program to add real value.
The International VDI Congress “Dritev” is one of the world’s largest automobile congresses – be part of the community in Bonn! Hundreds experts with an R&D background meet every year to exchange thoughts on current developments in the field of drivetrain and transmission. It’s the ideal place to reach out to long-known fellow experts, find new project partners and pave the way to establish new business ties.
“Think out of the box“ – be prepared to take a broader view!
Get some new inspirations on a similar industry by taking a glimpse at the conferences “Powertrain solutions for commercial vehicles” which is held at the same time. Likewise, we will set up a couple of speakers cornerns where you can contribute to the debate and share valuable insights. In our Dritev Lab you will have a chance to find answers to your questions and interesting items exhibited there will make your attendance a true experience. Thus, our traditional program will be complemented with an interactive hands-on activity.
With more than 70 international exhibitors the trade exhibition, which will be accompanying the large-scale conference, will allow you to get a quick comprehensive overview of state-of-the-art solutions and innovations along the entire added-value-chain. Meet project partners at the venue and benchmark your research findings.
Meet your partners at the venue and manage to optimise project timetables. Shorten your market analyses by quickly assessing the situation in the accompanying trade exhibition. Be inspired by the expert program that is characterised by a strong focus and gain new momentum for your development efforts. One thing you can be assured of: time spent at the congress will definitely be worthwhile.
Experts have doubts that the transport turnaround towards electromobility can succeed in a timely manner. Ecological and economic interests also still have to be reconciled. After a purely digital event in 2020, the International VDI Congress Dritev (Drivetrain Transmission Electrification in Vehicles) again took place as a face-to-face event in Bonn. From 13 to 14 October 2021, the experts presented the new developments in the field of transmission and powertrain.
The combustion engine could play a role again in the drive mix of tomorrow. Since Corona, many basic assumptions on the way to the automotive future have to be reconsidered. Legislators, too, must review their positions.
The powertrain industry is facing major challenges: All EU member states have committed to making the EU the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. To this end, they agreed to reduce emissions by at least 55 percent by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. This also includes making transport sustainable.
The so-called "Fit for 55" package aims to bring EU climate and energy legislation in line with the 2030 target. The propulsion industry also has to get "Fit for 55". At Dritev, Dr Jakob Seiler, Head of the Competence Field Drives of the Future, VDA e.V., names two decisive factors for this: efficiency and emission-free drives. Increased efficiency is possible, for example, through low-CO2 fuels, an optimised energy flow through hybridisation of the powertrain and improved on-board networks. Furthermore, the expansion of electromobility and an increase in the market share of emission-free drives are indispensable to achieve the goal. By 2035, passenger cars and vans are to emit 0g CO2 - strictly speaking, a ban on combustion engines. Emission-neutral mobility is thus one of the engineers' top goals for the coming years.
In order to achieve the goals of the entire EU, Germany would most likely have to exceed the required figures by 20 per cent, according to Dr. Seiler. Since Germany is one of the top three countries that currently provide almost 80 per cent of the total charging infrastructure, it is naïve to think that the same targets can be achieved for all of them, he said. Currently, the number of e-vehicles in Germany has risen to more than one million - mainly thanks to subsidies. By 2030, Dr. Seiler expects 13.5 million e-vehicles. The problem is the German charging infrastructure, which is radically behind the number of registrations. The goal is to provide one charging station for every ten e-vehicles - there is an acute need to catch up here.
Sigrid de Vries, CLEPA - the European Association of Automotive Suppliers - also emphasised in her presentation that politics, car manufacturers, suppliers and users must all work together to achieve "Fit for 55". While she sees great potential in e-mobility, she is also clearly against banning combustion engines. Only a drive mix of different solutions can meet the overall demand. There is no simple solution for climate-neutral mobility and over-simplification of the problem is not conducive. Therefore, the transformation and not the disruption of the industry is the right approach: this is the only way to ensure that there is a "just transition" in which no one is left behind.
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