With Euro 6 standards on the horizon and fuel economy becoming a key factor in customers purchase decisions, automakers must continue to find commercially viable routes to reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency.
It is widely recognised, the internal combustion engine will remain the core focus of these efforts, yet in order to meet the level of efficiency required, OEMs will need to capitalise on the full panorama of powertrain technology from engines, transmission and driveline, to alternative hybrids.
The inaugural Integrated Powertrain Engineering Fuel Economy Congress 2012 through a 360° approach will scrutinise the potential payback of current and upcoming fuel economy technologies for combustion, transmission, hybrid and driveline.
Taking a commercially pragmatic approach, this unique forum will enable industry attendees to benchmark strategic approaches, alongside engineering focused evaluation of emerging innovations to cost effectively optimise the efficiency of the powertrain for fuel economy savings.
Day One of the congress will take an integrated approach to assess OEMs strategic responses towards revolutionising combustion, transmission and hybrid powertrain technologies for achieving fuel economy and meeting emissions standards. Benefit from detailed evaluations of advancements with direct injection, electronic management of the engine and the potential for transferrable lessons between diesel and gasoline engine developments. Light-weighting opportunities will be explored to establish the highest cost benefit applications to contribute to vehicle mass reduction efforts.
Day Two will examine future strategies for downsized, boosted and hybrid powertrains to establish how far we can push current technology and identify cost effective solutions to meet fuel economy mandates. With focus set on the business case, economically viable routes will be investigated to improve efficiency of aftertreatment technologies, thermal management and friction reduction. Finally, benefit from progressive discussions on future fuels as a significant opportunity for reduction of tailpipe emissions.