Drivetrain Solutions for Commercial Vehicles 2019

  • Only event of its kind in Europe with a focus on drivetrain solutions for commercial vehicles
  • International Networking
  • Free admission to some 80 expert lectures being held at the "Dritev"

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.

Various Approaches to reduce Emissions

At the 6th International Conference "Drivetrain Solutions for Commercial Vehicles" (previously "Transmissions in Commercial Vehicles") 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.

Main topics

  •           Synthetic fuels: Varieties, costs, general conditions
  •           Electrification Concepts for light and medium duty vehicles
  •           Potentials of commercial vehicles run on natural gas
  •           Hydrogen mobility for the heavy freight segment 
  •           Advanced simulation methods for developers


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Wednesday, July 10, 2019




Welcome Address and Opening of the Dritev Congress (Room New York)

Dipl.-Ing. Matthias Zink, CEO Automotive, Schaeffler AG, Bühl, Germany

Plenary Speeches (Room New York)


Legal Challenges for Conventional and Hybrid Electric Drivetrains from 2023

  • Global legal regulations
  • Interpretation from the point of view of an OEM
  • Outline of useful module and drive train matrices

Dr.-Ing. Franz Bäumel, Technical Director Development Inline Gasoline Engines, Transmissions, AUDI AG, Ingolstadt, Germany


Electrified Powertrains – as versatile as our Mobility

  • Mobility of tomorrow: what will mobility look like in the cities of tomorrow?
  • Holistic approach of powertrain design – the powertrain shapes the vehicle concept and vice versa
  • Electrified motor sport shows how emotional e-mobility can be

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Gutzmer, Deputy CEO and CTO, Schaeffler AG, Herzogenaurach, Germany


Coffee Break – Networking and Visit of Exhibition Area, DritevLab and Car Presentation


The electrified powertrain and its importance for Toyota

  • Background of hybrid technology development
  • Experiences in mass production with more than 10 million HEVs
  • Expansion of electrification
  • Toyota in transformation

Dipl.-Ing. Gerald Killmann, Vice President, Toyota Motor Europe, Zaventem, Belgium


Powertrain Transformation – Co2 reduction meets Fun to Drive

  • Power shifts from combustion engines to electric motors
  • Changing customer perception of fun-to-drive
  • Scaling performant powertrains from a modular drivetrain system

Dr. Anton Mayer, Senior VP Engineering Magna Powertrain, VP Corporate Engineering und F&E Magna International, MAGNA Powertrain GmbH, Lannach, Austria


Safety Validation of Autonomous Driving

  • First operation areas
  • Challenges for proof of safety
  • Approaches for safety assurance methods
  • Introduction scenarios

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Hermann Winner, Director Institute of Automotive Engineering, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany


The future of transportation – how MAN shapes the future!

  • Current challenges in the commercial vehicle market
  • Our way into the future – roadmap eMobility/roadmap automation

Dr.-Ing. Frederik Zohm, Executive Board Member for Research & Development, MAN Truck and Bus SE, Munich, Germany


Lunch – Networking and Visit of Exhibition Area, DritevLab and Car Presentation

6th International Conference „Drivetrain Solutions for Commercial Vehicles“ (Room Wien)


Welcome Address and Opening of the Conference

Thomas Landsherr, Vice President Engineering Powertrain Driveline, MAN Truck and Bus SE, Munich, Germany

Markets and Fuels

Chair: Thomas Landsherr, MAN Truck and Bus SE, Munich, Germany


Combustion Engine and Synthetic Fuels – Essential Part of a Mobility Transition

  • Mobility and energy transition
  • Synthetic fuels, E-Fuels
  • Energy economics 
  • Reaching climate targets

Dr. rer. pol. David Bothe, Associate Director, Frontier Economics Ltd., Cologne, Germany


Well-to-Wheels Analysis of different Fuels and Powertrains: Example Long Haul Truck

  • Climate change
  • Product Carbon Footprint (PCF)
  • Well-to-Wheel (WTW) greenhouse gas emissions

Dipl.-Ing. (FH), Dipl.-Wirt.-Ing. (FH), MBA Henryk Gräser, Expert Environment Product, Research – Foresight, MAN Truck and Bus SE, Munich, Germany


Drivetrain Trends in Asian Truck Market and Solutions to achieve CO2 Emissions Targets for Heavy Duty Trucks

  • Asian market demands
  • Hinos solutions for Asian market applications
  • Hybrid powertrain with inhouse 12 speed transmission for heavy duty trucks
  • Optimization of fuel consumption in the control of hybrid and transmission system to achieve a target for long haul trucks in Japan

Shinya Sudo, Manager of Development Manager, Drive Train Engineering Division, Co-authors: Tsuyoshi Maeda and Ryoya Kobayashi, all Hino Motors Ltd., Tokyo, Japan

Zero-Emission Driveline

Chair: Pascal Hervet, Valeo Transmissions, Amiens, France


New Powertrain Concepts for Heavy Duty Commercial Vehicles

  • Daimler Trucks focusses on development of zero emission vehicles to fulfill upcoming CO2 regulations
  • Mercedes-Benz eActros: a custom-tailored battery electric truck
  • Possible options for future alternative truck fuels and drivetrains for heavy duty long haul transportation to meet expected CO2 targets
  • Fuel cell as zero emission solution for heavy duty long haul

Dipl.-Ing. Roland Dold, Head of Advanced Engineering Zero Emission Technology, Co-authors: Dr. Steffen Maus and Andreas Höfert, B.E., all Daimler AG, Stuttgart, Germany


Coffee Break – Networking and Visit of Exhibition Area, DritevLab and Car Presentation


Design Study on a Near Wheel Mounted E-Machine for a Light Medium Duty BEV Application

  • Integrating e-machine and transmission in wheel hub
  • Individual drive of each wheel
  • Wheel hub motor in steerable wheel with individual suspension

Senior Engineer Jörgen Forsberg, Development Engineer, Electrification NTBE, Scania CV AB, Södertalje, Sweden


Cost-Effective Electric Driveline for Light Duty Trucks

  • Delivery trucks need to turn into electric to reach CO2 Emissions Targets
  • Trucks OEMs are keen to carry-over passenger-car components to benefit from scale economy
  • New system optimization process: best overall trade-off between efficiency on cycle, performance, layout complexity, packaging and cost
  • Perfect transmission design to fit a passenger car e-motor and inverter in a truck while achieving performance targets

MR/PhD Eng. Thomas Basbous, Marketing Director for Commercial Vehicles, Co-author: Jerome Mortal, both Valeo Powertrain Systems, Cergy, France


Full Electric Drivetrains for Commercial Vehicles – Central Drive and Axle Drive Solutions from ZF

  • Global megatrends and their impact on vehicle concepts and drivetrain solutions of the future
  • Solutions from ZF for hybrid and full electric commercial vehicle drivetrains
  • ZF platform-strategy
  • Axle based drive solutions and central based drive solutions, advantages and challenges

Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing. Jochen Witzig, Engineering Director Axle and Transmission Systems for Buses, Co-authors: Dipl.-Ing. Gerhard Obermaier and Matthias Wegner, all ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Friedrichshafen , Germany


End of the 1st Conference Day


Evening Event

Dritev Summer Night – The place you have to be
You can look forward to a special evening event aboard Europe’s largest event liner, the MS Rheinenergie. We’ll meet at the landing stage „Alter Bundestag“.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Emission Optimized Driveline

Chair: Dr. Klaus Lippitsch, MAGNA Powertrain GmbH, Lannach, Austria


Dedicated Hybrid Powertrain for Commercial Vehicle Applications

  • Selection of hybrid transmission
  • Layout of hybrid transmission
  • Modeling and simulation
  • Fuel consumption

Dipl.-Ing., Dr.-techn. Christoph Schörghuber, Lead Engineer System Simulation CV, Co-authors: Dipl.-Ing. Ingomar Müller and Ing. Herbert Wiener, all AVL Commercial Driveline & Tractor Engineering GmbH, Steyr, Austria


Gas powered Heavy Duty Vehicles from Scania: Current Program and Future Potential

  • Biogas powered vehicles as part of shifting towards sustainable transportation solutions
  • 30 years of experiences with gas powered heavy vehicles – markets and technology know how from Scania
  • Future potential of gas powered heavy duty vehicles

Dr.-Ing. Mikael Lindström, Development Engineer Otto Engine Development, Scania CV AB, Södertälje, Sweden


Diverse Requirements, one Product Family: The HEV Kit for LCV from MAGNA

  • LCV need to have access to limited emission zones
  • Flexible solutions from MAGNA
  • Pure EV drive units with 90kW up to 280KW plus active rear axle drive with torque vectoring
  • Hybrid transmission 6AHT425 with AT functionality in EV mode, hybrid mode and ICE mode

Dipl.-Ing. Roland Nasdal, Director Core and Advanced Engineering, Product Development, Getrag Ford Transmissions GmbH, Cologne, coauthor: Dr. Karl Masser, MAGNA Engineering Centre, St. Anton, Austria


Coffee Break – Networking and Visit of Exhibition Area, DritevLab or Car Presentation

Conventional Transmissions

Chair: Dr. Magnus MackAldener, Scania CV AB, Södertälje, Sweden


Benefits of the New Allison 9-Speed Fully Automatic Medium Duty Commercial Transmission

  • Significant fuel economy improvement through increased ratio coverage, smaller steps and optimal use of torque converter
  • Emissions reduction enabling OEM’s to meet more stringent regulations
  • Torque converter is optimal launch device providing superior control and maneuverability
  • New optional features bring value to OEM’s and customers

Scott Kluemper, M. Sc., Director of On-Highway Commercial Powertrain Engineering, Product Engineering, Co-author: Conrad Rockey, both Allision Transmission Inc., Indianapolis, IN, USA


Mechatronic Transmission Control Module for agile AMT Transmission Actuation in Commercial Vehicles

  • Clutch and gear actuation integrated in one transmission control unit, whilst abtaining serviceability through extensive modularity
  • Technical principles for securing agile clutch control through a pneumatic self adjusting clutch actuator
  • Kongsberg AS success factors for obtaining efficient co-development of integrated systems

Dipl.-Ing. (TU) Steffen Johnsen, Engineering Group Manager AMT Clutch Actuation, Powertrain and Chassis, Kongsberg Automotive, Kongsberg, Norway and Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Robert Wexenberger, Senior Key Account Manager, Powertrain and Chassis, Kongsberg Automotive GmbH, Hallbergmoos, Germany

Advanced Simulation Methods

Chair: Klaus Steinel, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Friedrichshafen, Germany


Simulation of Commercial Vehicle Driveline Load Cycles with the help of Statistically Secured Methods

  • Challenge to estimate evaluation strength and lifetime for new applications
  • Statistical analysis of new target regions for product development
  • Virtual measurement campaigns instead of classical ones due to time and cost savings
  • Statistical validation of results with Monte-Carlo-Simulations

Morten Scherpelz, M. Sc., Simulation Engineer, Virtual Vehicle Engineering & Function Validation – Efficiency, Co-authors: Dipl.-Ing. Jürgen Bernhardt, both ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Dipl.-Ing. Thorsten Weyh and Dipl.-Math. Michael Lübke, both Fraunhofer ITWM, Kaiserslautern, Germany


Lunch – Networking and Visit of Exhibition Area, DritevLab and Car Presentation


Simulation-Based Gearbox Application on Heavy Commercial Vehicle

  • Usage of virtual vehicle in simulation environment, tools and technics used at MAN Truck & Bus AG
  • Correlation between virtual and real life vehicle using variation of hardware and calibration
  • Capabilities for calibration of gearbox using simulation, limitation and further development

Jerome Douay, Engineering Powertrain Driveline,Co-authors: Dr.-Ing. Christian Haupt, Olaf Franke, Peter Albrecht, all MAN Truck & Bus SE, Munich, Germany


Challenges in Vehicle Thermal System Development of Electrified LCVs

  • Integral development process for energy and cost optimized system design
  • Multi domain simulation as a key for building block specification and functional development
  • Full vehicle thermal management architecture and control logic
  • Challenges in thermal validation due to an increased number of operating conditions

DI (FH) Thomas Lugmayr, Senior Manager Vehicle Systems, Co-authors: Julian Bodory, M. Sc. and DI Lukas Grünberger, all Engineering Center Steyr GmbH & Co. KG, Valentin, Austria


Conference Chairs‘ Closing Remarks


Conclusion of the Dritev Congress (Room New York)


Awarding of the Best Presentation Award for Junior Engineers (Room New York)


End of the Dritev Congress

Programme Committee ensures Topicality and Technical Profoundness

Technical support is provided by the programme committee, which is made up of industry representatives from the commercial vehicle sector:

  • Pascal Hervet, VALEO Powertrain Systems, Amiens
  • Klaus Lippitsch, MAGNA Powertrain GmbH & Co. KG, Lannach
  • Dr. Magnus Mackaldener,  Scania CV AB, Södertälje
  • Klaus Steinel, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Friedrichshafen
  • Jürgen Vollmar, Daimler AG, Stuttgart

Dipl.-Ing. Thomas Landsherr, Vice President Engineering Powertrain Driveline, Truck & Bus, Man Truck & Bus AG, München is head of programme committee.

1 Ticket – 3 Events

The conference "Drivetrain Solutions for Commercial Vehicles" takes place every two years and is an integral component of the VDI Congress "DRITEV" (besides "Drivetrains for Vehicles" and "EDrive")

  • Get free admission to more than 80 expert lectures
  • Network with more than 1,500 international participants from a development background
  • Visit the trade exhibition with more than 100 exhibiting enterprises

The international VDI Congress "Dritev" is one of the most significant congresses in the worldwide automotive industry and THE information platform for transmission experts. Be part of this exceptional community!

Advisory Board

Dipl.-Ing. Christian Gropp Daimler AG / Stuttgart

Pascal Hervet Valeo Transmissions Centre Technique / Amiens

 Thomas Landsherr Thomas Landsherr MAN Truck & Bus SE / München

Dr. Klaus Lippitsch MAGNA Powertrain GmbH / Lannach

Dr. Magnus MackAldener Scania CV AB / Södertälje

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

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