7th international VDI conference Drivetrain Solutions for Commercial Vehicles

  • Use the conference to exchange information and experiences with leading representatives from industry and research.
  • Profit from extensive networking opportunities during the breaks and at the evening reception.

At the 7th International Conference ‘Drivetrain Solutions for Commercial Vehicles‘ on October 13th and 14th, 2021 major players in the commercial vehicle sector will give an insight into the latest developments of powertrain solutions that solely run on battery power as well as concepts based on hybrid and conventional solutions.

Multiple solutions for the drive train of commercial vehicles

In light of CO2 regulations getting more and more stringent, commercial vehicle manufacturers are faced with the development of alternatives to replace the conventional powertrain. Although a battery-powered solution is particularly attractive for city traffic, it does not seem to be doable for heavy commercial traffic due to capacity and weight-saving reasons – at least in the medium term. Therefore hybrid concepts and synthetic fuels are of crucial interest.

The VDI conference ‘Drivetrain Solutions for Commercial Vehicles’ will deal with these top issues in 2021:

  • Reduction of CO2 emissions based on driveline optimization
  • Discussion of new drive technologies: BEV, fuel cells, e-PTO
  • Dimensions and scale of electrical component e.g. e-axles
  • Best practices for the hybridization of commercial vehicles
  • Future and improvements in efficiency of conventional powertrains
  • Data and Security in the Drive System
  • EE-architecture and Vehicle Integration

Learn from best practices and attend specialist lectures from, for example, the following companies:

AVL Commercial Driveline & Tractor Engineering | BPW Bergische Achsen | Brudeli Green Mobilty | ESCRYPT | Faun Umwelttechnik | FEV Europe | Ford Otosan | Fraunhofer ISE | Fraunhofer-Institut für Verkehrs- und Infrastruktursysteme IVI | Hino Motors | Hyundai Motor Company | IAV | J.M. Voith | Liebherr-Mischtechnik | MAHLE Filtersysteme | MAN Truck & Bus | RhoMotion | Scania | VDA | ZF Friedrichshafen •| ZF Group, Commercial Vehicle Control Systems, WABCO

For the conference lectures simultaneous interpreting (German - English) via headphones will provided.
One-day seminars – on the day before the conference  (‘Entwicklung und Funktion brennstoffzellenbasierter Antriebssysteme’, ‘Chancen für die agile Systementwicklung durch ASD-Agile Systems Design’ or ‘NVH im E-Antriebsstrang’) must be booked separately, and are only offered in the German language.

Under the direction of our conference chairman Thomas Landsherr, Vice President, MAN Truck & Bus SE, Engineering Powertrain - Transmission and Driveability Development (EPD), München, Germany and together with our top-class program committee, we have put together a two-day specialist program with exciting keynotes and numerous practical examples. You will shortly find details of the program schedule here.

What else can you expect at the VDI conference?

One ticket, two conferences - you can encounter new ideas and stimuli not only at the lectures of the ‘Drivetrain Solutions for Commercial Vehicles‘ conference, you can also switch free of charge between the parallel series of lectures at the congress 'Dritev' This offers a great opportunity to meet a lot of like-minded people, talk shop with the experts and exchange new ideas.

The joint evening event offers all participants an excellent option of networking with experts from Germany and abroad. Take advantage of this opportunity to exchange ideas face-to-face with your drive and transmission community and take away new ideas.

A Motor Show and the Trade Exhibition will be held in parallel with the conference. More than 100 national and international exhibitors will present innovative solutions in the field of drive systems. The motor show brings vehicle concepts to life for you.

Take advantage of our entire supporting program and round off your conference visit.

Secure your place and register now

Would you like to learn more about multiple opportunities for the drive train of commercial vehicles and hear field reports on innovative drive systems? Are you interested in ………

Then register now for our 7th VDI conference ‘Drivetrain Solutions for Commercial Vehicles’.

You still have travel restriction or don´t want to travel? Book our live steaming of the speeches and presentations given at the conference. The digital format of conference is giving you the opportunity to get informed – easy, conveniently and from home or office without travel time

We look forward to welcoming you in Bonn or digital!

Attendance is still too uncertain for you at the moment? You can also participate in the Digital Event of the "Powertrain Solutions for Commercial Vehicles". Access the presentation content conveniently from your office or home office. We will stream the presentations live from Bonn.


Eventnumber: 01TA809

Drivetrain Solutions for Commercial Vehicles


World Conference Center Bonn*

Platz der Vereinten Nationen 2,
53113 Bonn
+49 228/92670 to website


1.790,– € plus VAT

Take advantage of the block of rooms we have reserved for guests at the event location on our local events. Please list VDI Wissensforum as a reference when making your hotel booking.

Advisory Board

 Rolf DoebereinerDr.-Ing. Rolf Doebereiner AVL List GmbH / Graz

 Christian GroppDipl.-Ing. Christian Gropp Daimler AG / Stuttgart

 Pascal Hervet Pascal Hervet Valeo Transmissions / Amiens

 Thomas Landsherr Thomas Landsherr MAN Truck & Bus SE / München

 Klaus Lippitsch Klaus Lippitsch MAGNA Powertrain GmbH & Co KG / Lannach

 Klaus SteinelDipl.-Ing. (FH) Klaus Steinel ZF Friedrichshafen AG / Friedrichshafen

Eventnumber: 01TA809

Drivetrain Solutions for Commercial Vehicles


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Castrol is the lubricant specialist within the BP Group – one of the leading global oil companies. With more than 100 years experience in the development and production of lubricants Castrol is a partner of many passenger car, commercial vehicle and transmission / axle manufacturers and stands for leading technology, competence, innovation and premium product qualities. Castrol is – often as a market leader – represented in more than 140 countries worldwide with a very strong brand awareness. Within the Global Driveline Technology Centre in Hamburg Castrol is developing high performance driveline lubricants in close co-operation with leading international OEM‘s. In a tight network with their blend plants Castrol is producing transmission fluids and setting global milestones due to its innovative production processes.

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