On 26 and 27 April, the 39th International Motor Symposium took place in Vienna, Austria. The congress is the world leading event of its kind and takes place each year with the participation of more than 1000 senior executives and specialists from the world's leading automotive OEMs, suppliers, and representatives from universities and politics.
Key topics were the presentation of new engines, fuel cell technology, fuel types, hybrid technologies, exhaust gas treatment and governmental test regulations like the real driving emissions legislation (RDE).
Although electric vehicles are gaining pace, the ICE (internal combustion engine), both petrol and diesel, still offers further potential for improvement in regards to performance, consumption, and emission reduction. Diesel engines recently have been under critical discussion. Now, new technologies, like further improved SCR systems (NOx treatment using selective catalytic reduction) and electrification (48V mild hybrid technology) promise to make them nearly emission free.
The diesel technology will be indispensable for meeting the challenging car makers’ CO2 fleet emissions target of 95g/km as prescribed in the EU as of 2020, considering also the global trend towards SUVs.
Alternative propellants, like CNG (compressed natural gas, methane) and synthetic fuels, generated out of electric power (PtX, power to liquid, power to gas) obtained from wind, solar, hydropower or biomass power generation processes, promise further solutions towards emission reduction and can make the internal combustion engine CO2 neutral.
In parallel to the development of full electric vehicles BEV (battery electric vehicle), hybrid vehicles and electrification of the internal combustion engines will play a key role in the coming years, as customers are still reluctant towards pure electric vehicles due to downsides in charging infrastructure, charging time, and range.
There will be no single solution for drives of the future and a mix of various technologies will be the most probable scenario, depending on regions and customer requirements. So the internal combustion engine will most likely still be around and will play a substantial role for the next decades.
Datwyler is already contributing to these technologies and will further position itself to support our customers with solutions for future mobility.