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UMTRI conference explores advanced powertrains and infrastructure

July 21, 2013

UMTRI's fifth, annual Powertrain Strategies for the 21st Century conference took place on Wednesday, July 24, at the University of Michigan, Michigan League ballroom (second floor) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year's theme is "Advanced Powertrain and Infrastructure Challenges and Opportunities.

Recent powertrain strategies conferences in UMTRI's automotive research conference series have focused on how manufacturers and suppliers will meet demanding Corporate Average Fuel Economy requirements for 2016 and 2025. This year, the conference will explore the relationship between the technical challenges that companies face in their development of new powertrains and the infrastructure challenges (and opportunities) for each of the new technologies.

Conferences in the series have followed the development of new powertrains that need infrastructure support going back to the first diesel, compressed natural gas (CNG), hydrogen, and pure electric vehicles, and much has changed in the recent past. In this conference, speakers examined how far the industry has come in the technical development of its powertrains and how far its infrastructure partners have come in support of these new powertrains.

Conference speakers represented Toyota, Nissan, Ford, Eaton Corporation, U.S. Department of Energy, and DTE Energy. UMTRI assistant research scientist Bruce Belzowski moderated the conference and discussed results from his recent Powertrain Strategies for the 21st Century survey.