“Every manufacturer now has at least one model with hybrid drive in its portfolio. Although the technology has its price, more and more consumers are opting for these low-emission vehicles”, says IAV’s Prof. Dr. Burghard Voß, describing the automotive industry’s increasingly important technology branch. Companies are increasing their research budgets all the time in an effort to move forward in the field of alternative drive technologies. Symposia, like the annual event in Braunschweig that has now become tradition, provide a platform for high-profile experts from the industry to discuss the latest results of research and lines of thought.
Battery Technology as a Research Focus
“All-electric vehicles, of course, are still not being produced in volume. The batteries continue to be a weak point because they are too expensive and don’t provide sufficient capacity, and this is not likely to change for a long time to come. For this reason, the conference will once again be focusing on the latest developments in systems for storing electric energy”, says Voß, looking ahead.
This is why the presentation by Prof. Dr. Martin Winter – who, among other functions, holds a foundation professorship sponsored by Volkswagen for Applied Material Sciences for Storing and Converting Energy – is awaited with suspense. He has been researching in the field of battery technology for over 18 years. Prof. Dr. Uwe Dieter Grebe is the Executive Director of Advanced Engineering at GM. He will also be speaking in addition to the President of the Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation, Dr. Andreas Tuckenbrodt.
Prototypes Available for Test-Driving
“As a further symposium highlight, we will be inviting the experts and media representatives to take part in exclusive test drives at Gifhorn. On the evening of the first day, electric and hybrid vehicles can be test-driven on IAV’s site at 22 Rockwellstraße”, Burghard Voß announces. Among other vehicles, the invited participants will be given the opportunity to sample how the latest prototypes, like the E-Golf from Volkswagen, the Audi A1 E-Tron or BMW’s Active E, perform.
The ninth Braunschweig Symposium on Hybrid and Electric Vehicles has attracted even more registrations than last time round. IAV is expecting some 300 participants. The event is set to begin at 8 a.m. in Braunschweig Civic Hall on 14 February. The second day will commence at 8 a.m. on 15 February. The driving event in Gifhorn will be starting at 6.30 p.m. on 14 February