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May 10 - 11, 2017 Messe Congress Graz, Graz, Austria

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9th AVL International Commercial Powertrain Conference 2017

This was the 9th AVL International Commercial Powertrain Conference 2017 (read more)

The conference is globally unique, focusing jointly on truck and bus, agricultural tractors and construction machinery. It is an important information platform and an attractive forum for the exchange on topics relating to strategies and technologies.

Speakers are presenting on invitation only, top experts of the three industries will share and discuss their views with the audience.

The 2017 ICPC conference is entirely dedicated to CO2 reduction and innovations improving operating efficiency. Keynotes representing the three commercial powertrain industries give an overview of world-wide trends in industry and technology, highlighting the resulting company strategy and management focus.


Truck and Bus

  • Connected vehicles
  • Zero emission trucks
  • Electric drive and battery development trends

Agricultural Tractors

  • Cost-efficient solutions for engines <56kW
  • Robotics & automation assistances
  • Electrification

Construction Machinery

  • CVT Transmission
  • Driver assistance systems
  • Potential of electrification and hybridization


Conference Program


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

09:15 - 09:30

SAE Welcome


09:30 - 09:50

Coffee Break


09:50 - 10:20

Trucks Driving into the Future: Cleaner, Safer and Even More Efficient


10:20 - 10:50

Challenges and Potentials in The Future Construction Machinery Industry - an OEM Viewpoint


10:50 - 11:20

Future Challenges for Engine Manufactures in View of Future Emissions Legislation


11:20 - 11:50

Higher, Faster, Smarter: Agriculture technology Yesterday and Tomorrow


11:50 - 12:10

Panel Discussion


12:10 - 13:40

Lunch Break


13:40 - 14:10

Impact of GHG - Phase II & Ultra Low NOx on the Base Powertrain


14:10 - 14:40

Cost-Efficient R&D Strategies to meet Future Portfolio Challenges


14:40 - 15:10

China's Changing Construction Equipment Industry


15:10 - 15:30



15:30 - 15:50

Coffee Break


15:50 - 16:20

Potential and Challenges of HPDI


16:20 - 16:50

EKoTech - a Holistic Approach to Reduce CO2 Emissions of Agricultural Machinery in Process Chains


16:50 - 17:20

CVT Transmission: A Platform Technology for On- and Off-Road Hauling Applications


17:20 - 17:40



17:40 - 19:30

End of day 1 and shuttle transfer to Seggau Castle


19:30 - 22:00

AVL Social Evening at Seggau Castle


Thursday, May 11, 2017

09:00 - 09:30

The Truck of the Future: "Autonomous and Connected Driving at Daimler Trucks


09:30 - 10:00

Automation and Robotics - The Trend Towards Cyber Physical Systems in Agriculture Business


10:00 - 10:30

Assistance Systems on Hydraulic Excavators and CO2 Reduction - Is There Any Correlation?


10:30 - 10:50



10:50 - 11:10

Coffee Break


11:10 - 11:40

Future Powertrain for Zero Emission Commercial Vehicles


11:40 - 12:10

Electrification of Agricultural Machinery from the Perspective of an Implement Manufacturer


12:10 - 12:40

CO2 Reduction on a Construction Site


12:40 - 13:10

Powertrain Solutions for Electrified Trucks and Buses


13:10 - 13:30



13:30 - 13:40



13:40 - 15:00



15:00 - 15:00

End of conference

Evening Program

AVL Visit and Welcome Reception
Join us in the afternoon before the conference to meet speakers and participants, and to visit our facilities. See you at AVL headquarters on Tuesday, May 9th, 17:00. Free for conference participants. Shuttle bus service to conference hotels.

Social Evening
Wednesday, May 10th, 19:30
Dinner and wine in the cellar of Seggau Castle.
Shuttle bus service. Please bring warm clothes.


Become a sponsor of the AVL International Commercial Powertrain Conference and benefit from a high-level promotion of your brand & products.
For further information please contact beatrice.joerer@avl.com  or sandra.tieber@avl.com.

Info Point

Conference Office
AVL List GmbH
Hans-List-Platz 1
8020 Graz

Tel.: +43 (316) 80 88 600
E-Mail: event@avl.com

Conference Venue
Messe Congress Graz
Messeplatz 1
8010 Graz

on-line form is available here.
Last minute registration: At Messe Congress Graz on May 10th, 2017, from 7:00

Conference Fee
General admission: € 1,490.- (plus 20 % VAT)
SAE members (conference incl. proceedings, 2 lunches and snacks) EUR 1.340 (+ 20% VAT) Free of charge for members of the press.
Fees include lunches and snacks, social evening events, a memory stick with the proceedings and a software key to download the pictures taken during the conference

Conference Language
English (no simultaneous translation)

Conference proceedings
An order form for conference proceedings is available here.

Hotel Reservation
Please use Hotel Reservation
A free Shuttle Service from the hotels to Messe Congress Graz will be provided.

By plane: Graz-Thalerhof
By train: Graz Main Station
By car: See map of Graz

Please visit the „Download“ section for detailed information regarding the shuttle service, directions etc.

Hotel Reservation

AVL has blocked rooms at designated hotels and has made every effort to ensure the best possible room rate for you for this event. Please visit the following link Hotel Reservation

Hotel Bokan Exclusiv

  • Single room (€ 79.-)
  • Double room (€ 128.-)

Hotel Daniel

  • Single room (€ 77.-)
  • Double room (€ 89.-)

Hotel Erzherzog Johann

  • Single room (€ 87.-)
  • Double room (€ 117.-)

Ibis Graz:

  • Single room (€ 73.50)
  • Double room (€ 84.-)


  • Single room (€ 118.-)
  • Double room (€ 158.-)

Hotel Weitzer

  • Single Room: (€ 79.-)
  • Double room (€ 94.-)

Hotel Wiesler

  • Single room (€ 89.-)
  • Double room (€ 105.-)

Order Proceedings


Conference fee € 1,490.- (plus 20 % VAT)
SAE members (conference incl. proceedings, 2 lunches and snacks) EUR 1.340 (+ 20% VAT)
Conference fee for students (non post-graduate) € 120.- (plus 20 % VAT)
Free of charge for members of the press.

Fees include lunches and snacks, social evening events, a memory stick with the proceedings and a software key to download the pictures taken during the conference




Become a sponsor of the AVL International Commercial Powertrain Conference and benefit from a high-level promotion of your brand & products.

For further information please contact beatrice.joerer@avl.com or sandra.tieber@avl.com.


The 9 th AVL International Commercial Powertrain Conference on May 10 th/11 th , 2017 at the Messe Congress Graz, Austria was attended by over 200 experts and managers, representing the three industries the conference focused on: truck, agricultural and construction equipment OEM’s and their strong supplier base.

Dr. Marko Dekena - Executive Vice President of AVL opened the conference setting the focus of this year’s ICPC on CO2 reduction. The Powertrain Technology has reached important crossroads as the markets, driven by legislative pressure, require low- or even zero-emission solutions. Electric powertrains are obviously favored.

ICPC is organized in co-operation with SAE International. Doug Patton – current President of SAE, emphasized in his introduction the importance of cybersecurity, where SAE is actively engaged with government agencies setting global standards.

Ron Borsboom - Chief Engineer and Member of the Board of Management; DAF Trucks N.V. discussed the challenges and opportunities in the truck industry. These is still a lot of potential for improving traffic safety and the environmental impact related to trucks, but all the stakeholders need to work together in a joint effort.

Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Burget - Managing Director R&D; Liebherr-EMtec GmbH explained the situation of the large and complex construction equipment industry with a wide diversity of machines and OEMs, challenged by highly diversified market needs and non-harmonized regulations. Technology trends are towards higher efficiency, guaranteed safety and security and substantially growing connectivity. The future is digital, leading finally to “smart construction sites”.

Wayne Eckerle - Vice President Corporate Research & Technology; Cummins Inc. expects that countries around the world continue to adopt more stringent emissions standards for heavy-duty markets. IC engines will remain the prime mover for commercial applications for the foreseeable future. Changes are expected to be evolutionary as the prime mover transitions from the IC engine to other forms of power generation.

Hagen Adam - Managing Director; AVL Commercial Driveline GmbH expands on agriculture technology as the main driver yesterday and tomorrow to feed the world population, which is expected to grow from 2 billion in the 1930’s to 9.7 billion people in hundred years, while the arable land will reduce from 0.65 to ca. 0.14 ha per capita. Highly industrialized agricultural production, precision farming and a high level of automation and autonomy will be required in futrure.

The upcoming GHG-Phase 2 as well as Ultra-Low NOx legislation will have a major impact on future commercial vehicles as Lukas Walter - Vice President Commercial Powertrain Systems; AVL List GmbH explained. To achieve 25%.GHG emission reduction, significant technology steps in both the powertrain and the vehicle are needed, improving the energy management and auxiliary losses of the commercial vehicle under real driving conditions and utilizing advanced or off-cycle technology credits for the regulated certification method.

Tobias Winter - Head of Simulation Department; Motorenfabrik Hatz discusses cost efficient R&D strategies to meet future portfolio challenges of a medium sized engine manufacturer. A strongly simulation based development combine with component and engine testing to a state-of-the art R&D process to cope with an increasingly cost challenging competition.

China’s construction equipment (CE) market has been shrinking since 2011 with only few machinery segments gaining sales in last few years. Andreas Gräf – Principal; A.T. Kearney GmbH showed that machinery segments with more advanced technology such as crawler excavators see the rise of Chinese CE OEM competing on international markets. The key question for international CE powertrain system and component supplier is how Chinese CE OEM and engine supplier develop and source their key powertrain components in future.

David Mumford - Senior Director, HPDI Product Management, Westport Innovations introduced HPDI as a technology that can achieve the emissions reductions required for Phase 2 GHG emissions standards in a single step: high pressure direct injection (HPDI) of natural gas. The second generation WestportTM HPDI to be launched in 2017 allows simple integration onto the base engine with minimal changes; the natural gas system effectively replaces the original diesel fuel injection system.

Prof. Dr. Ludger Frerichs - Director of the Institute of Mobile Machines and Commercial Vehicles; TU Braunschweig reported on EKoTech - a holistic approach to reduce CO2 emissions of agricultural machinery in process chains. The research project involves well-known manufacturers and research facilities to identify savings realized since 1990 and savings potentials until 2030. A method and a tool for the evaluation of efficiency measures in process chains are shown.

Chris Thorne - Chief Technical Officer; Energy Technology Institute describes the development of a flexible, scalable, cost effective and efficient Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) that provides significant fuel efficiency benefits in both off and on-highway applications and configurations, allowing also for part electrification of the powertrain. By developing a platform technology that broadly applies across a range of markets the technology risk and product costs are minimized.

Dr. Christian Ballarin - Senior Manager Advanced Engineering System Applications Daimler Trucks shows the truck of the future. The Highway Pilot System moves the truck highly automated and independent from other road users within the allowed speed range and the required security distance. Highway Pilot Connect enables platooning. Thanks to connectivity, all vehicles immediately respond to unforeseen events. The same networking technology also enables intelligent interaction among additional road users and the traffic infrastructure. Redundancy in sensor systems and fail-safe components such as the steering and brakes ensure an extremely high safety standard.

Prof. Thomas Herlitzius - Chair of Professorship Agricultural Systems and Technology; TU Dresden sees in automation and robotics the trend towards cyber physical systems in agriculture business, which will enable new concepts for future farming systems. In the long perspective, research shows that a paradigm shift from large machines to smaller and more intelligent multi-robot systems is expected. CPS automation technologies are expected to deliver solutions at the system and enterprise level by supporting real time and strategic decisions which help managing enterprise objectives while accommodating sustainability goals.

Advanced driver assistance systems, one of the fastest-growing segments in machine electronics are presented by Werner Seifried - Managing Director; Liebherr Hydraulic Bagger GmbH. Assistance systems, with steadily increasing rates of adoption of industry-wide quality standards, will help to define the next level of availability, efficiency and safety with a new generation of machines – and therefore be an important part on our common goal on a global CO2 reduction.

Takashi Sasaki - General Manager of Advanced E-Vehicle Development Div.; Hino Motors presents the future powertrain for Zero Emission Commercial Vehicles. Zero exhaust emissions and quiet vehicle operation will create new value, such as allowing vehicles to operate in buildings. For commercial EVs carrying goods and people, the energy density of the batteries is the major issue considering the vehicle mass and the battery volume. The current trends indicate, that zero emissions vehicles will be able to overcome any handicap in energy density compared to diesel fuel

Dr. Florian Rahe - Head of Sensorics and Mechatronics; AMAZONEN-Werke reports on electrification of agricultural machinery from the perspective of an implement manufacturer. The tractor implement electrification is split in two segments: high voltage (400 V AC, 700 V DC) and 48V. High voltage will be mainly used for traction drives, is still not developed, lacking regulations and standards, and also needs new infrastructure. The 48 V segment, already available, helps with further developments in precision farming, where more control of the implements is needed. A standard interface is the only thing missing for broader commercialization.

CO2 reduction on a construction site, explains Dr. Ulrich Fass - Program Leader Energy Conversion, Emerging Technologies; Volvo Construction Equipment, must consider the entire construction site process as a system instead of considering standalone machines. The optimal zero emission solution will be fully electric, but the journey towards that future will vary depending on machine types, applications and markets.

Heimo Schreier - Product Manager On-Road; AVL List GmbH shows powertrain solutions for electrified trucks and buses solutions – a modular battery concept as well as a concept for an integrated electric axle. The novel battery pack design is scalable and modular, the thermal management with an advanced cooling concept is based on detailed thermal analysis for highest battery performance during charging and discharging, and longest durability during all ambient conditions. The electric axle can be packaged in conventional HD vehicles without major modifications, its 800V design covers the power requirements with cost effective components.

The conference was closed by Dr. Marko Dekena, who thanked all who contributed - especially the speakers for their preparation, and the audience for their lively discussions. He invited all to join again for the next ICPC in May 2019.

After the conference many positive comments were overheard regarding the high quality of the presentations and discussions, giving a lot of valuable information cross-over the three industries.


The eighth International Commercial Powertrain Conference on May 21nd and 22rd, 2015 in Graz, Austria was attended by 200 experts and managers, representing the three industries the conference focused on: Truck, Agricultural and Construction Equipment OEM's and their strong supplier base.


Dr. Marko Dekena - Executive Vice President, AVL opened the conference, setting the focus of this year's ICPC on alternative powertrain technologies and innovations improving operating efficiency. He gave examples on synergies realized already in the past between industries. ICPC is the opportunity to meet the experts from other industries, discuss their challenges and opportunities and find potential synergies.

Jonathan Walker - Chief Correspondent, MTZ industrial magazine, reviewed the torque conversion technologies in the on- and off-highway industries, closing with the question, to what extent the best available ones can/will be adopted to the benefit of the environment and finite energy resources.

The keynote on behalf of the truck industry by Torbjörn Holmström - Chief Technology Officer, Volvo Group (presented by Jan Ove Östensen) discussed the heavy-duty vehicle market challenge and the Volvo Group's perspective on continuing to improve energy efficiency and CO2 footprint. A 2-3% reduction of fossil energy or CO2 per annum for all new HD vehicle operations globally is extremely challenging. The CO2 footprint of both HD product production and product operation therefore needs to be addressed.

Dr. Satoshi Iida - Managing Executive Officer, Kubota Corporation spoke for the agricultural industry stressing that raising agricultural productivity is crucially important to solve the problems due to the rapid growth of world population. Products and services are needed that deliver reliable and efficient solutions: More profitable farm management; Precision farming using also plant growing information; Field and environment information; Ultra-energy savings in farming by unmanned agricultural machinery; Support of farmers and regions by providing distribution networks and export services.

Dr. M. Lou Balmer-Millar - Director of Research, Caterpillar, Inc. represented the Off-Road Mobile Machinery industry saying that the potential for fuel efficiency improvement and subsequent greenhouse gas reduction becomes significantly larger when the application of non-road machines and the functions they perform are considered and a total systems integration approach of the engine, controls, hydraulics, cooling systems, and other major systems on the machine is taken into account.

The technical sessions started with Dr.-Ing. Hans-Otto Herrmann – Director, Daimler AG (presented by Dipl.-Ing. Heinz Jost Oelschlegel), talking about natural gas as an attractive energy source to power commercial vehicles, promising significant CO2 reduction potentials. The thermodynamic efficiency limitations of a λ=1 concept can only be fully eliminated by a switch to a (heterogeneous) Diesel combustion process using natural gas as main energy source and possibly Diesel pilot injection for sufficient ignition energy.

Dr. Dirk Bergmann - General Manager, FPT Motorenforschung discussed future fuels for heavy duty non-road applications. Although CNG and LNG will cause usage restrictions due to the reduced energy density and therefore reduced operating time with one fuel tank filling, the availability of engines from the on-road sector and the low gas prices in some regions will drive its introduction.

Dr. Masaaki Kato - Chief Engineer, Denso Corporation explained the potential of DME as alternative to Diesel for Commercial Vehicles. Bio-DME yields both ultra-low emissions and nearly equals zero CO2. China and USA would be the main market for DME vehicles. To promote DME vehicles, some difficulties of fuel injection system and equipment caused by DME physical properties have to be solved.

Dr. Nils-Gunnar Vågstedt - Head of Hybrid System Development, Scania CV AB, sees smart modularization to be the key for successful e-Mobility with heavy trucks and busses to cope with the challenging cost implication: Cost effect of 50% reduction in part numbers with the same vehicle output. Finding the right balance between meeting the market in time vs. fulfilling all customer demands will hopefully pay itself in a longer perspective.

Gerhard Stempfer - Lead Engineer Electrification, AVL presented the motivation and system optimization with electrification in agricultural - (and construction-) machinery. Electrification will be more and more introduced in off-road-machines – be it implements, tractors or several different construction equipment machines. With VSM simulation, the configurations are evaluated to gain the application specific benefits considering the entire system, optimizing it precisely for the application – with electrification or conventionally.

Gunnar Stein - Global Director Driveline Systems, Volvo Construction Equipment showed the big development potential of new drivetrain solutions and continued technology development when it comes to further optimizing the fuel efficiency and productivity of construction equipment. In the far future, the trend in the industry can lead to very different machines and business models such as electrification of job sites and radically new machine concepts.

Lukas Walter - Vice President Commercial Powertrain Systems, AVL presented auxiliaries on demand with predictive controls improving fuel efficiency of commercial vehicles. To control this during the real drive cycle, highly complex and flexible systems are implemented. Traditional hardware oriented development processes become too complex and too expensive. Model based control systems are required, representing the whole powertrain and partly the vehicle. With these, the energy distribution is optimized according to the actual driving condition, the road profile and the requirements ahead.

Cristiano Paim Buss - R&D Director, Stara S/A introduced Precision Farming as a new technology, but with a long history. Farmers have long sought ways to maximize the physical and economic crop production by adjusting the application of inputs according to soil types and crop performance. For the large farm sizes of today, systems are developed using GPS combined with equipment capable of measuring the variability (yield monitors) and application of inputs (fertilizers, herbicides, seeds etc.) at varying rates.

Martin Frank - Research Engineer, Volvo Construction Equipment Germany reported on connected machinery enabling automation: the connection of the equipment's sub systems, the connection between the different on site machines and the connection to the site management gets more and more important. The application of operator assistant function, semi–autonomous and autonomous machines will lead to an increase of efficiency for specific work tasks.

Peter Krähenbuehl - Leader Technology Engineering, FPT Motorenforschung AG presented the development of waste heat recovery based on an Organic Rankine cycle for on-highway vehicles from concept to industrialization. First results from bench testing indicate a final fuel economy gain around 3.5 % for the IVECO Stralis Euro VI truck during the real world driving reference cycle utilizing waste heat from both the EGR and exhaust evaporator.

Prof. Ludger Frerichs - Director, Institute of Mobile Machines and Commercial Vehicles, TU Braunschweig explained that increasing the efficiency of agricultural and construction machinery is a continuous task of manufacturers and operators. Potentials for efficient use of mobile machinery in agriculture and construction are not only found in machines. It is essential to identify these potentials in the process chains, in the operating conditions and in the organizational processes.


Dr. Albert Neumann - Managing Director, Strategy Engineers GmbH & Co. KG presented three competing concepts to achieve competitiveness in the CV industry: Scale, Net-scale and Skills. Ultimately, outstanding profitability will only be achieved and maintained by OEMs which can leverage sufficient scale and strong skills to achieve high levels of net-scale.

Kari Aaltonen - R&D Director, AGCO Power Oy (Linnavuori) has shown the challenges of Stage V emission legislation for the off road sector: serial volumes are fairly low, there are a lot of machine variants and duty cycles are vehicle type specific. It is essential that catalyst and filter controls are built to allow fast calibration. Substrate coatings need to have excellent cold and hot end performance to cover all applications with one aftertreatment strategy.

Peter Österberg - Vice President Technology Platforms, Volvo Construction Equipment finally gave an overview of some of the fundamentals for developing complex products for low volumes. Lean Product Development with special attention to choose the right products and to not build in unacceptable product or development costs is required. Using customer value as guidance for project prioritization and eliminating waste in all processes including those of the supplier's processes are fundamental to driving the lean approach.

The conference was closed by Dr. Marko Dekena, who thanked all who contributed - especially the speakers and the moderator for their preparation, and the audience for their lively discussions. He invited all to join again for the next ICPC in May 2017.

After the conference many positive comments were overheard regarding the high quality of the presentations and discussions, giving a lot of valuable information cross-over the three industries.

May 10 - 11, 2017
Messe Congress Graz, Graz, Austria