The international MTZ symposium “The Powertrain of Tomorrow”, which took place this year at the end of January in Hanau, Germany, is regarded as a renowned and internationally renowned mandatory event for managers and experts in powertrain development. The focus of this international conference in 2020 was on advanced drive concepts, as they are designed for passenger cars and commercial vehicles alike.
Vividly debated by the participants – representatives of engine and vehicle manufacturers as well as their suppliers and development partners – was the question of what role the combustion engine will play in the drive mix of the future. Whether battery or hydrogen – there was unanimous agreement that the type of energy storage will play a major role for future drive trains. Correspondingly, the slot “Hybrid drive systems in a changing world” was also included. With his presentation “Very Efficient Propulsion for Tomorrow – the Hybrid Variant of the New Hydrogen Combustion Engine”, Alexander Werz, KEYOU Automotive Engineering, touched on the core of this year’s topic, describing the hybrid variant of the new zero-emission hydrogen engine and giving an outlook on what the drive system of the future could (also) look like.
Many thanks for the invitation, especially to Dr. Liebl, publisher ATZ I MTZ I ATZelektronik, one of the “fathers” of this event!