From September 26th to 27th 2018, AUTOCONTACT'18 dealt with the powertrain of the future - more than 250 participants underpinned the enormous interest of the Styrian mobility industry in this widely discussed topic. Contemporary e-mobility, improved combustion engines, hybrid and hydrogen technologies show that a variety of concepts with different use cases exists. At the same time, powertrain concepts must always consider ecological sustainability. Companies have to invest in R&D especially in this situation.
The event started on 26th of September with a factory tour at ZF Lemförder Achssysteme GmbH in Lebring, which has developed itself from an axle assembly plant into a sophisticated mechatronic systems manufactuerer. As part of the production tour, the series production of a rear-axle steering system was presented. The gala dinner later in the evening at the Seifenfabrik Graz was accompanied by the band Auto di Takt in style - with instruments from disassembled car parts.
On 27th September, the AUTOCONTACT'18 congress was held with a highly-regarded speaker line up including Jochen Hermann (Daimler), Fritz Prinz (Stanford University), Kevin Colbow (Ballard Power Systems) and Michael Woltran (OMV).
Following AUTOCONTACT'18, ACstyria hosted the E-Mobility Forum at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg as part of the Krone E-Mobility Playdays, where developments in the areas of electric vehicle concepts and battery technologies were presented by industry experts. In addition, participants were enabled to testdrive the brand new Jaguar I-Pace electric car on the race track, which is produced by Magna Steyr in Graz.