2nd International VDI Conference Electrified Off-Highway Machines

  • Learn more about the impact and challenges of Electrification within the Off-Highway Industry
  • Meet experts from the agricultural, mining and construction industry and discuss latest trends and developments
  • Register for the “Electrified Off-Highway Machines” conference and visit our parallel conferences “Connected Off-Highway Machines” and “Smart Farming” free of extra charge
Electrified Off-Highway Machines | VDI Conference

GET READY – On March 3rd- 4th, 2020 our international conference on “Electrified Off-Highway Machines” will return to Düsseldorf for its 2nd edition.

The future is electric

Powertrain developments and electrification in mobility and machinery have been breaking new grounds in the last several years. Yet the headlines have mostly been concerned with the increased proliferation of electric and hybrid cars. The changes to the off-highway sector have been just as revolutionary. This conference will discuss the challenges and opportunities electrification brings: From the latest developments in battery and engine technology and functional safety to operational issues, such as life-cycles, maintenance and regulatory factors, you will gain insight into how electric power can transform the industry and move forward into a lower-emission future, with new emission standards paving the road for these developments. These standards benefit electrified off-highway machines used in cities with strict guidelines, for example, or in situations where automation and robotics can lead to greater accuracy, or where fuel or operating costs can be lowered.


Key topics in 2020 to look forward to:

  • New Electrification Solutions for increased Efficiency and lower Emissions
  • Hybridization of Off-Highway Machines
  • Developments in Battery Technology
  • Well-to-Wheel: Alternative Fuels and Powertrain Solutions
  • Practical Experiences and Use Cases
  • Panel Discussion on „Net Zero - Carbon-free Economy“
  • Interactive World Café Sessions

The complete program can be downloaded here:

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Tuesday, March 03, 2020


Registration & Welcome Coffee


Chair’s Welcome and Opening Address

Alex Woodrow, Managing Director, Knibb, Gormezano and Partners, UK

I. Electrification Trends and Developments


New Electrification Solutions: Higher Performance and lower Emissions

  • Hydraulic and electric solutions for the mobile equipment industry
  • Mega trends leading to global changes in regulation and technology shift towards electrification
  • Capabilities and challenges of different technologies
  • Introduction of electrification case studies

Simon Nielsen, Senior Systems Engineer, co-authors: Aaron Becker, Market Development Manager & Markus Plassmann, Manager, Electric Drive Systems, all: Danfoss Power Solutions, Germany


Construction Machine Electrification: Applications & Requirements

  • Relevant trends and how they influence manufacturers and users
  • Influence of emissions regulations on the operation of construction machines
  • The right degree of electrification for different applications and duty cycles
  • Advantages for operators and TCO

Ralf Blum, Product Manager, FEV Europe GmbH, Germany


Drive and Motion Engineering Strategies at the Tipping Point for Electrification

  • Impacts of electrification on off-highway drive and motion technologies
  • Energy sources, electrified systems and energy management systems
  • Lessons learned from light- and commercial-vehicle applications
  • Balancing a system approach with distinct duty-cycle requirements
  • Development case study: Compact electrified vehicle

Riccardo Morselli, Engineering Manager, Dana Incorporated, Italy


Electrification Trends in Underground Mining Equipments

  • Driving factors for electrification in underground mining
  • Battery electric equipment and fleet development
  • Battery chemistry and cells preferred by the underground mining industry
  • Battery electric equipment charging strategy
  • Challenges associated with Electrification in Underground Mining

Souvik Mahanti, Engineering Manager Electrical, Komatsu Mining Corporation, India




 Mobile Market: Off-Highway Machines Electrification

  • Wide-ranged requests demanding for flexibility on the mechanic/electric side
  • Electric motor/kit version for specific customer applications and requirements
  • EHP concept: An optimised solution thanks to many parameters to adjust
  • GVI inverters to provide customers with a complete electrified system

Bruno Jouffrey, Market Development Manager - Mobile Europe, Parker Hannifin Manufacturing, France

II. Electrified Powertrain Use Cases


Fendt e100 Vario – Chances and technical Challenges

  • Concept of the Fendt e100 Vario
  • Challenges for a battery driven tractor
  • Chances for the future

Wolfgang Breu, R&AE / Project Lead Electrification & Christian Noess, R&AE / Software Engineering, both: AGCO GmbH, Germany


 Assessment of a 3.5t compact Excavator Electrification using Simulation

  • Low emission zones, workplace emissions regulations, StageV below 19kW
  • System simulation is a key asset for supporting electrification
  • Enabling to identify electrical system requirements
  • Supporting the pre-sizing of electric motor, power electronics and battery
  • Addressing validation of components development vs system requirements

Christopher Helbig, PreSales Solutions Consultant, co-author: Romain Nicolas, Business Developer Off-Highway, both: Siemens Digital Industries Software, Germany/ France


Networking & Coffee Break

III. Hybridization of Off-Highway Machines


Intelligent Hybrid Powertrain Development Strategies and Progress

  • Electric and hybrid solutions for off-highway machines
  • 48V mild hybrid powertrain concept & architecture
  • Simulation and Test result of powertrain
  • TCO analysis and comparison
  • Future strategies of electrified powertrains for off-highway machines

Dockoon Yoo, Chief Researcher/ Part Leader, Advanced Engine Development Part, Doosan Infracore Co., Ltd., South Korea


Mild-hybrid Powertrain: Engine Downsize on specialty Tractors

  • Mild hybrid powertrain development to downsize internal combustion
  • Engine downsize to reduce geometry impact linked to aftertreatment installation
  • Optimized support for diesel engine overloads thanks to smart boost function
  • Fuel consumption minimization

Giacomo Fiocchi, Powertrain & Control Systems Director, co-author: Fabio Gallo, Driveline Application, Project Management & Prototypes Director, both: Carraro S.p.a., Italy


Rapid Hybrid System Optimisation for Off-Highway Electrification

  • Fuel savings through hybridization, considering vehicle parameters & duty cycle
  • Selection of modular hybrid systems to bring advantages across a range of machines
  • Ricardo Architecture Independent Modelling (AIM) to identify the optimum hybrid system for each machine and duty cycle

Onder Bulut, Senior Simulation Engineer & Pascal Revereault, Senior Project Engineer & Joshua Dalby, Technical Business Manager, all: Ricardo Automotive & Industrial, Czech Republic/ UK


End of Conference Day 1

At the end of the first conference day we kindly invite you to use the relaxed and informal atmosphere for in-depth conversations with other participants and speakers.

Wednesday, March 04, 2020

IV. Battery Development and Technology


Design2Cost: Large Batteries at small Scales

  • Today’s limited competitiveness of electric commercial vehicles
  • What are a battery’s identity and value?
  • Universal battery kit: Who profits from common specifications? What would these look like?

Dr. David Flaschenträger, Head of Battery Technology, co-author: Marco Karch, System Engineer, both: E-Force One AG, Switzerland


Optimization of BTMS System Operation in Off-Highway Applications

  • Available BTMS operation modes/control strategies
  • System design vs. application
  • How to make Battery Thermal Management Systems more efficient?
  • How can we further improve BTMS?
  • Can we predict failures of BTMS?

Tomasz Turek, R&D Manager/BEV Segment Leader, co-author: Dr. Barbara Worsztynowicz, Thermal Management Engineer, both: Enterex Polska sp. z o.o., Poland


 Battery Cell Development

  • TBA

Networking & Coffee Break


Panel Discussion: Net Zero - Carbon-free Economy. Is it realistic? What Challenges are we facing? What are possible technical Solutions? What are Alternatives to Electrification?




Interactive World Café Session

During the interactive World Café Session, we invite you to directly engage with other experts. It is an interactively moderated discussion on different topics. Discuss and identify challenges within your sector as well as problems, needs and solutions. The focus is on the participants – Decide what exactly you would like to discuss and introduce your own experiences and cases.


 Networking & Coffee Break

V. Well-to-Wheel: Alternative Powertrain Solutions


Hyundai Fuel Cell System for Non-Automotive Applications

  • Successful development of automotive fuel cell powertrain and its products at Hyundai Motor Group
  • Application of fuel cell systems to non automotive technologies fields
  • Future vision of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies at Hyundai Motor Group

Haengjin Ko, Fuel Cell Center, Automotive R&D Division, Hyundai Motor Group, Republic of Korea


The Future of alternative and sustainable Fuels

Dr. Penny Atkins, Principal Research Fellow, Advanced Engineering Centre, University of Brighton, UK


First Zero Emission Drive Technology that beats Diesel

  • Worldwide governments force the automotive industry to cut CO2 emissions
  • Climate change – Customer requirements for new drive technologies
  • The new emission-free hydrogen combustion engine – Sustainable, clean and uncompromising
  • Comparison of alternative propulsion technologies
  • HICE Applications: Example 12m bus & 18t truck

Alvaro Sousa, CTO, KEYOU GmbH, Germany


Closing Remarks


End of conference

Who should take part?

The VDI conference Electrified Off-Highway Machines is aimed at professionals, management and decision makers in the following areas:

  • OEM and Suppliers from Powertrain Development in the Off-Highway Segment
  • Agriculture, Construction, Material Handling and Mining Companies
  • Engineering Firms and Tech Companies
  • Battery System Manufacturers
  • Fleet Operators
  • Legislators

Buy one ticket – Visit three conferences

You’re interested in how electrification will change the way off-highway machines are manufactured, used, maintained and regulated? You’d like to know about the challenges and opportunities these new developments will bring on the basis of case studies and current technological developments? Then book your ticket now for the VDI conference "Electrified Off-Highway Machines". In addition, also benefit from our parallel conferences on "Connected Off-Highway Machines" and “Smart Farming” free of extra charge.

For further questions please contact Carolin Leuchten.


Eventnumber: 01KO934

2nd International VDI Conference - Electrified Off-Highway Machines


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Advisory Board

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Ing. Thomas Herlitzius Fakultät Maschinenwesen Technische Universität Dresden / Dresden

Alex Woodrow Knibb, Gormezano and Partners / Derby

Eventnumber: 01KO934

2nd International VDI Conference - Electrified Off-Highway Machines


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About Dana Incorporated  

Dana is a world leader in providing power-conveyance and energy-management solutions for vehicles and machinery.  The company’s portfolio improves the efficiency, performance, and sustainability of light vehicles, commercial vehicles, and off-highway equipment.  From axles, driveshafts, and transmissions to electrodynamic, thermal, sealing, and digital solutions, the company enables the propulsion of conventional, hybrid, and electric-powered vehicles by supplying nearly every vehicle and engine manufacturer in the world.  Founded in 1904, Dana employs more than 36,000 people who are committed to delivering long-term value to customers.  Based in Maumee, Ohio, USA, and with locations in 33 countries across six continents, the company reported sales of $8.1 billion in 2018.  Having established a dynamic, high-performance culture, the company has been recognized globally as a top employer, with significant honors in Asia, India, Italy, Mexico, and the United States.

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