IAV Symposium Takes Science a Step Forward

February 16, 2012 // Science is one small step further forward. The ninth Symposium on Hybrid and Electric Vehicles ended yesterday evening in Braunschweig Civic Hall. Some 300 experts discussed the highly topical research results presented to the panel. As main sponsor, IAV draws a positive balance on this traditional event.

First the theory, then the practice: The scientists’ ideas and thoughts were literally all charged up on the exclusive test drive at IAV’s site in Gifhorn. As an engineering partner to countless automobile manufacturers and component suppliers, IAV is concentrating its efforts and is hard at work on alternative drive concepts for tomorrow. Hybrid and electric vehicles provide one of the many options on the way to the zero-emission car.

Among other vehicles, the invited participants were given the opportunity to sample how the latest prototypes, like the Golf Blue-e-Motion from Volkswagen and the Audi A1 E-Tron, perform. But models from Japan, such as the Lexus CT 200h or the Toyota Prius Plug In, were also test-driven. “This symposium is defined by technologically demanding presentations. But this only makes sense if it’s also possible to find out what electric vehicles are actually like to use”, summarises Wilfried Nietschke, Executive Vice President of Technology Monitoring at IAV in Gifhorn, and continues: “We also tried to get a number of pilot-production vehicles for testing in an effort to make the theory something that can be actively experienced.” That went down well with the EV experts, providing them with the big picture of the various approaches used in the carmakers’ products.

Professor Dr. Burghard Voß Draws a Positive Balance

Professor Dr. Burghard VoßProfessor Dr. Burghard Voß made it clear in Braunschweig “that the conference was a success, as had already been shown beforehand by the many participants registering for the event. We heard some very good papers and, as every year, received altogether positive feedback on the driving event in Gifhorn”, says Voss, pleased about the rare prototypes and models like the Audi A1-E-Tron and Audi Q5.

“The paper Professor Winter delivered at the symposium was particularly enlightening. He showed just how important the chemical limitations are in battery research”, Voß sums up, and even now ventured a look at next year: “The tenth symposium in 2013 marks a jubilee for us. In two months we will draw a balance and think about which interesting presentations to include in our new program.” Here, one element could also be another accompanying event for particularly talented and dedicated students. IAV sponsored the participation of budding engineers facing a particularly promising future. This is an effective way for IAV to promote the upcoming generation and help combat the skills shortage prevailing in Germany.