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Engine and Transmission between the Poles 12-48-96-400-800 Volt

27th AVL „Engine & Environment" Conference in Graz


High-tech company AVL hosted the 27th edition of its trend conference "Engine & Environment" in Graz on June 11 - 12, 2015. Under the banner of "Engine and transmission between the poles 12–48–96–400–800 Volt", advantages and disadvantages of different architectures and voltages in the electrical powertrain were discussed and the interaction with engine and transmission debated. Speeches on the subject were held by top-ranking personalities from the industry, including Gerald Killmann (Toyota Motor Europe), Dr. Nikolai Ardey (BMW AG München), Peter J. Savangian (General Motors Powertrain) and Alain Raposo (Alliance Renault-Nissan).

Entire powertrain regarded as one unit


As a forward-looking developer of powertrains, AVL has been viewing the entire powertrain as an integrated system for many years, not only focusing its research and development activities on electrical components but adopting an integrated approach to  the combustion engine, electrical drive components, transmission and their interaction in order to find the optimum choice of system architecture for each customer. Having development expertise in each aspect of the powertrain (engine, transmission, e-drive, battery and control) and in the overall system, AVL is able to optimally support its customers in choosing the right powertrain architecture, defining the voltage level and optimizing all powertrain components.

In 1988 AVL hosted the Engine & Environment conference for the first time to provide an independent, neutral and international platform to promote the interdisciplinary discussion of key aspects in engine and vehicle technology in a wider social context – environmental and energy issues as well as legal framework conditions.


With more than 12,200 employees, AVL is one of the world's leading mobility technology companies for development, simulation, and testing in the automotive industry and in other sectors such as rail, marine, and energy. Based on extensive in-house research activities, AVL delivers concepts, technology solutions, methodologies, and development tools for a greener, safer, and better world of mobility and beyond.

AVL supports international partners and customers in their sustainable and digital transformation. The focus lies on the areas of electrification, software, AI and automation. In addition, AVL supports companies in energy-intensive sectors on their way to a greener and more efficient energy generation and supply.

Innovation is AVL's passion. Together with an international network of experts at more than 90 locations and 45 Tech and Engineering Centers worldwide, AVL is driving the future of mobility. In 2023, the company generated a turnover of 2.05 billion Euros, of which 10 % are invested in R&D activities.

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