Alternative Powertrains for Commercial Vehicles

  • Hear about what leading OEMs and innovative start-ups from around the world are saying about their newest developments.
  • Learn about the technical details of various electric powertrains and how to convert your production for electric motors in high quality presentations.
  • Use the common interactive sessions and evening get together to expand your professional network and make new contacts among international colleagues and experts.
  • Get a free of charge admission to the parallel international VDI Conference – Future of Buses.
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The international VDI Conference Alternative Powertrains for Commercial Vehicles will engage with alternative powertrains for heavy and medium sized trucks as well as city buses and coaches. The discussion will involve fully electric powertrain systems that are powered by batteries or fuel cells, as well as new forms of hybrid systems that combine electric and combustion engines. In the presentations, you will learn about the technical details of the newest developments from leading OEMs, suppliers and research institutes. This will help you to assess the benefits and disadvantages of these different systems in various application scenarios. This VDI conference will be held in English.

New legal limits: 15% lower CO2 emissions for trucks from 2025

The electrification of the powertrain is becoming increasingly relevant for the commercial vehicles industry. Not least because of the new legal limits for fleet CO2 emissions adopted by the EU in 2019. These stipulate that emissions from trucks in 2025 must be 15% lower than in the 2019/2020 reference period. By 2030, CO2 emissions must even be reduced by 30%. Manufacturers will be liable for substantial financial penalties to the EU if these limits are not adhered to.

The VDI Conference Alternative Powertrains for Commercial Vehicles will show the characteristic features that need to be considered in the development and manufacture of fully electric commercial vehicles. There will be a high level of practical relevance, thanks to application examples from delivery service and transport companies. The discussion will consider new business models beyond electrified trucks and the question of which energy source – the battery or fuel cell – is suitable for which application. The challenges of building a suitable (charging) infrastructure for the efficient use of electrified busses and trucks will also be covered.

Free access to the VDI Conference Future of Buses

Your ticket for the VDI Conference Alternative Powertrains for Commercial Vehicles is also valid for the VDI Conference Future of Buses taking place at the same time. You can access the presentations and workshops at this parallel conference completely free of charge. Use this opportunity to engage in an exchange with leading specialists in the bus industry, which is faced with similar challenges to the truck industry.

Selection of confirmed speakers for 2020:

  • Thomas Hilse, Brand President, IVECO
  • Håkan Agnevall, President, Volvo Buses
  • Jan Wohlmuther, Manager Customer System Consulting E-Mobility, Daimler Trucks & Buses
  • Hasso Grünjes, Head of eHighway, Siemens Mobility
  • Thomas Korn, CEO, Keyou
  • Jürgen Tochtermann, Lead Engineer, AVL Commercial Driveline & Tractor Engineering
  • Steffen Link, CTO, Camideos

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020


Registration & Welcome Coffee


Chair’s Welcome and Opening Address

Adam Panayi, Managing Director, RhoMotion, UK


The Road to Zero Emissions in Logistics for IVECO/Nikola: Different Solution for Different Missions

  • The blue bridge to green emissions
  • Important as vehicle-technology, infrastructure build up as a key
  • Tight timelines and high investments are only feasible with the vision and strategic alignment of both partners

Thomas Hilse, Brand President, IVECO, Germany

I. Horizon 2025 and beyond: New Technolgy enables New Business Models


Electrification of Trucking Operations

  • Logistics and other truck operators need holistic approaches for eMobility solutions
  • A wide-spanning ecosystem provides customer benefits and eases the transition
  • Customer consulting and charging infrastructure as crucial elements

Jan Wohlmuther, Manager Customer System Consulting E-Mobility, Daimler Trucks & Buses, Germany


Electrified Buses: An Important Step into an Era of Electromobility

  • Experiences with electrified buses so far
  • What type of electrified buses will we see going forward?
  • Electric supply & Charging infrastructure: How do we go about it?

Håkan Agnevall, President, Volvo Bus, Sweden


The Outlook for E-Trucks: Applications, Technology and Scope

  • What are the use cases for Electric Trucks versus other technologies?
  • What battery chemistries and sizes are most appropriate for the sector?
  • How big will the market become?

Adam Panayi, Managing Director, RhoMotion, UK




Interactive World Café

We invite you to directly engage with other experts in small round table discussions. Identify together with the participants of the VDI conference „Future of Buses“ challenges within your sector as well as problems, needs and solutions. Decide what exactly you would like to discuss and introduce your own experiences and cases.

Confirmed Topics:

• Systems Considerations for Weight Reduction in Electrified Commercial Vehicles, KPG Automotive

• The Influence of Alternative Powertrain Technologies and Changing Mobility Habits, MAN Truck & Bus

• The Future of Buses in the Fully Connected Smart City, Vecctor / Kundtmann Datenmanagement & Technik

• Urban Mobility in the 21st Century – from Vision to Reality, Siemens Mobility

• Standardized charging plugs and components (open)


Networking & Coffee Break

II. Charging Infrastructure for Electrified Commercial Vehicles


High Power Inductive Underfloor Charging Implementation

  • Real world heavy duty use cases of inductive charging
  • Transition from 50kW to 1MW
  • Implementation challenges

Viktor Metzler, Product Engineer, WAVE IPT, USA


eHighway: Sustainable Heavy Road Transport

  • Lowest TCO thanks to most efficient use of renewable electricity
  • Based on mature technology and proven in field trials on German motorways
  • Project is Part of the German climate action plan and recommended to reach 4,000 km by 2030 by NPM

Hasso Grünjes, Head of eHighway, Siemens Mobility, Germany


Challenge and Solutions for the Operation of a Charging Infrastructure for an Urban Bus Operation with over 200 City Buses

  • Requirement and peripheral conditions
  • Charging infrastructure with the highest possible availability

Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Alexander Wolf, Head of Technical Bus Department, and Dieter Stelzer M Sc, Head of Electro-Mobility, both: Stadtwerke München, Germany


Panel Discussion: Alternative Powered Commercial Vehicles on the Road?


Thomas Hilse, Brand President, IVECO
Håkan Agnevall, President, Volvo Bus
Hasso Grünjes, Head of eHighway, Siemens Mobility


End of Conference Day One


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.

Thursday, October 29, 2020


Chair’s Welcome

III. Hydrogen Powered Commercial Vehicles


Propulsion Technology for Commercial Vehicles: The New Generation of Hydrogen Combustion Engines

  • Three zero-emission drive technologies according to EU legislation
  • Hydrogen internal combustion engine: Innovation leap with the right concept
  • The first zero-emission drive technology that beats diesel

Thomas Korn, CEO, co-author: Jürgen Nadler, CMO, all: KEYOU GmbH, Germany


Esoro Fuel Cell Truck – the First 35t Fuel Cell Truck

  • Fuel cell truck as key factor in hydrogen ecosystem
  • Precondition, development and realization
  • Operation and lessons learned

Stefan Camenzind, Senior Engineer, Esoro Engineering AG, Switzerland


Modeling a Potential Hydrogen Refueling Station Network for Fuel Cell Heavy-Duty Vehicles in Germany in 2050

  • Heavy-duty vehicle traffic on German highways
  • Determination of required number and costs of hydrogen refueling stations
  • Flexibility value of hydrogen refueling stations

Dr.-Ing. Philipp Rose, Researcher, Fraunhofer ISI, Germany


Networking & Coffee Break

IV. Electrified Powertrain Solutions


New Integrated Electric Axle for Heavy Duty Trucks

  • E-axle topology and optimization of system efficiency
  • Modular approach for different applications
  • Shifiting without interruption of traction force

Dipl.-Ing. Jürgen Tochtermann, Lead Engineer, AVL Commercial Driveline & Tractor Engineering GmbH, Austria


On the Road: Electrically driven 27t Truck Chassis with Batteries and Hydrogen Fuel Cells

  • Technical background and use cases
  • System design and vehicle availbillity

Georg Sandkühler, Head of Development Alternative Powertrains, Kirchhoff Ecotec, Germany


Safety Aspects for Energy Storage Systems for Commercial Vehicles

  • Safety devices in energy storage systems
  • Specific challenges for commercial vehicles

Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Schweiger, co-authors: Bhavya Kotak and Katharina Wöhrl, all: Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt, Germany



V. Optimized Fleet Management and Risk Assessment


Operating a 1000+ Fleet of Electric Vehicles

  • Routing to maximize fleet efficiency
  • Optimizing vehicle allocation to improve battery usage
  • Using EVs as part of a smart grid

Steven Thijssen, Fleet and Business Development, PicNic, Netherlands


Optimized Utilization and Acquisition of Heavy-Duty Vehicles with Conventional and Alternative Powertrains

  • Prediction and reduction of real-world energy consumption through vehicle fitness tracking
  • Optimized route planning using AI and vehicle simulation
  • Reduce uncertainty towards alternative powertrain buying deciscions using customer-specific recommendations

Steffen Link, CTO, and Andreas Rude, COO, both: Camideos UG, Germany


Electric Cars: Risk Assessment as Key Approach for Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting

  • Lithium-Ion batteries are considered to be non-extinguishable: What are the risks from a fire fighting and fire prevention point of view and why the problem is smaller than expected
  • The Munich Fire Brigade uses the knowledge out of e-car fires and committee work to gain knowledge and provide reasonable recommendations
  •  Risk assessment is neccessary to find socially and technically acceptable solutions to so called „new dangers“ following new techniques

Dipl.-Phys. Björn Maiworm, Fire Director, Fundamental Questions, Fire Department Munich, Germany


Conference Chair‘s Closing Remarks


End of Conference

If you have any questions regarding the conference program or want to become a speaker at the next event please contact Benedikt Rothhagen.

Who should take part?

The international VDI Conference Alternative Powertrains for Commercial Vehicles is aimed at professionals and management at OEMs and suppliers that are involved in alternative powertrain systems. Employees in the following areas in particular:

  • Construction
  • Research and development
  • Advance development
  • Quality control
  • Quality management

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You would like to know more about the technical details of electric powertrains for commercial vehicles and want to know what other companies are planning firsthand? You are interested in finding out about the benefits of hybrid systems in mixed city/highway/countryside traffic? Then secure you space at the VDI Alternative Powertrains for Commercial Vehicles Conference now.


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