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May 28 - 29, 2020 Helmut-List-Halle, Graz, Austria


32nd International AVL Conference “Engine & Environment”



2019 saw a global decline in the sales of passenger cars and the reluctance to purchase can be explained by a certain sense of uncertainty on the part of the buyers. As vehicles are usually kept by the same owner for a longer period of time, the buying decision has long-term consequences. Under such conditions, it is an almost impossible task for vehicle buyers to take the boundary conditions into account for many years in advance.

In China, only electric vehicles have the prospect of obtaining a new license plate immediately. Furthermore, driving bans for older diesel vehicles were introduced in Germany at relatively short notice. These two examples show how quickly far-reaching decisions can be made.

This uncertainty, however, also affects vehicle manufacturers. Will enough customers be willing to buy electric vehicles? If yes, at what price? Or will more customers be convinced once more to buy a diesel engine that contributes significantly to CO2 reduction? Should vehicle development then indeed focus on electric vehicles or do manufacturers have to invest in combustion engine development once more? Which role will the different hybrid concepts play and will the fuel cell in particular meet its high expectations? Furthermore, will legislation allow CO2 trading in the automobile industry in order to accelerate e-fuel development?

One thing, however, is certain: Pollution in cities must be reduced further, just like every possible measure needs to be taken to actually reduce CO2. Electric vehicles cannot be the only solution for the entire transport sector and more actions must be taken in order for mobility to remain affordable.




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The conference offers its participants a suitable setting for an exchange concerning these questions. The presentations focus on the following points:

  • Climate targets as the driving force for cradle-to-grave considerations
  • Technological diversity or BEV dominance
  • Influence of new mobility concepts on future powertrains and infrastructures
  • Affordable zero-impact emission solutions for hybrid powertrain technologies
  • From climate neutral powertrains to emission-free braking (system – powertrain – brake – energy management)

The following topics, amongst others, will be discussed in detail:

  • Mobility: affordable and climate neutral
  • Electrification in A and B segment: financial feasibility and customer acceptance
  • Total cost of ownership / operation
  • Market acceptance
  • Energy sources
  • Hydrogen, e-fuels, biofuels
  • Energy infrastructure
  • CO2 lifecycle balance
  • Recycling
  • Engine and vehicle emissions
  • Reliability
  • Recuperative braking
  • Zero-impact emission measures
  • Range: battery size vs. range extender
  • Range extender: combustion engine vs. fuel cell

Many presentations, the panel discussion and ample other possibilities for further exchange are designed to help the participants develop a clearer understanding of the necessary steps.

Info Point

Conference languages: German and English (simultaneous translation)

Conference Venue Helmut-List-Halle
Waagner-Biro-Straße 98a
8020 Graz, Austria

Conference Fee
€ 1.190,- plus VAT (includes proceedings, lunches, snacks, evening events)

For further information please contact:
AVL List GmbH, Hans-List-Platz 1, 8020 Graz, Austria
Phone: +43 316 787-927, email: event@avl.com, www.avl.com

Hotel Reservation

AVL cooperates with designated host hotels and makes every effort to secure the best possible room rate for you at this event.
The room rates can be booked exclusively via this link.
This way it is ensured to be considered for the bus shuttle to the event locations.

Order Proceedings

To purchase proceedings please use the following link: Order Proceedings

Test Driving

As a special highlight of our welcome reception we would like to invite you once again to our AVL test track. Take the exclusive opportunity to personally test state-of-the-art vehicles equipped with AVL know-how!

27th May 2020
15:00 Test driving

followed by
19:00 Welcome reception
at the test track.

Register now and get started!



15:00 Welcome Reception at the AVL Test Track in Gratkorn
Test Drive Start 15:00, Opening Address Start 19:00



Conference and Session Chairman: Dr. Robert Fischer, Executive Vice President, Engineering and Technology Powertrain Systems, AVL List GmbH
09:00 - 09:10 Welcome Address, Prof. Dr. h.c. Helmut List, Chairman and CEO, AVL List GmbH
09:10 - 09:20 Welcome, Representative of the City of Graz
09:20 - 09:30 Opening of the Conference, Hermann Schützenhöfer, Governor of the Province of Styria
09:30 - 10:00 To Bur the Footprint of Mobility – A Holistic Approach
Dr. Nikolai Ardey, Executive Director Group Innovation, Volkswagen AG
10:00 - 10:30 McLaren Automotive Propulsion Engineering Trends
Dr. Jens Ludmann, Chief Operating Officer, McLaren Automotive
10:30 - 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 - 11:45 A Developing Country Transition to Low Carbon Mobility
Phillip Lindsay Lake, Powertrain Director, Vinfast
11:45 - 12:15

India Mobility – A Challenge of Sustainability
Günter Butschek, CEO/Managing Director, Tata Motors Ltd

12:15 - 12:45 Electrified Propulsion Strategy – Geely’s Path to Zero Impact Emissions
Ingo Scholten, Vice President, Geely PT
12:45 (c.t.) - 14:30 Lunch
Chairman: Prof. Dr. Helmut Eichlseder, University of Technology Graz
14:30 - 15:00 Charging Ecosystem Taycan
Otmar Bitsche, Director E - Mobility, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG
15:00 - 15:30 M139 – The New Four - Cylinder Engine from AMG
Ralph Illenberger, Senior Manager Engine Design & Mechanics, Mercedes - AMG GmbH
15:30 - 16:00 The Global Carbon Cap – A Legislation for Cost Efficient CO2 Reduction
Dr. Hermann Pengg - Bührlen, Head of Project Management e - fuels, Managing Director Audi e - gas Betreibergesellschaft, Audi AG
16:00 - 16:30 Coffee Break
16:30 - 17:00 Zero Impact ICE – A Vision?
Prof. Dr. Helmut Eichlseder, Head of Institute, Graz University of Technology
17:00 - 17:30 Affordable Climate Protection / Zero Impact Emission – The ICE as a Key Element
Dr. Christian Martin, Product Manager Gasoline Engine Powertrain Systems Passenger Car, AVL List GmbH
17:30 - 18:00 H2 as Future Energy Carrier
Jürgen Jablonski, Director Development Fuel Cell, Audi AG
19:30 AVL Social Evening at aiola im Schloss St. Veit



Chairman: Prof. Dr. Ferit Küçükay, University of Technology Braunschweig
09:00 - 09:30 Zero Impact Emission Vehicle
Surya Kiran Yadla, M.Sc., Team Leader – Powertrain Concepts, FEV Europe GmbH
09:30 - 10:00 E - tech: How to Merge Electric Drive Feeling and Fuel Consumption!
Nicolas Fremau, Expert for the “Hybrid Traction Energy Architecture” Sub - Domain of the “CO2 & Vehicle Environmental Technology”, Renault
10:00 - 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 - 11:15 Synthetic Diesel Production – A Sector Coupling Approach for Decarbonizing Future Mobility
Dirk F. Becker, Head of Design & Fuel Cell, AVL List GmbH
11:15 - 11:45 On the Way to Zero CO2 Mobility
Dr. Georg Bäuml, Head Environmental Product, Volkswagen AG
11:45 (c.t.) - 13:00 Lunch
Chairman: Prof. Dr. Bernhard Geringer, Austrian Society of Automotive Engineers
13:00 - 13:30 Closing the Loop – Li - Ion Traction Batteries Recycling
Ralf Mittermayr, CEO, Saubermacher Dienstleistungs AG
13:30 - 14:00 The Heart of Electric Vehicles
Philippe Hamon, CTO, Valeo Siemens eAutomotive
14:00 - 14:30 Future Powertrain Mix for Passenger Cars
Heiko Weller, Senior Vice President Engineering, Powertrain, Passenger Cars, Robert Bosch GmbH
14:30 - 14:45 Coffee Break
14:45 - 16:00 Panel Discussion,
Moderator: Ulrich Walter M.A., Members (in alphabetical order):
  Dr. Nikolai Ardey, Executive Director Group Innovation, Volkswagen AG
  Otmar Bitsche, Director E - Mobility, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG
  Dr. Günter Fraidl, Senior Vice President Powertrain Systems Passenger Cars, AVL List GmbH
  Ralph Illenberger, Senior Manager Engine Design & Mechanics, Mercedes - AMG GmbH
  Ralf Mittermayr, CEO, Saubermacher Dienstleistungs AG
16:00 - 16:15 Closing Remarks
Prof. Dr. Robert Fischer, Conference and Session Chairman, AVL List GmbH

May 28 - 29, 2020
Helmut-List-Halle, Graz, Austria