Driven by stringent legislation for CO2 and pollutant emissions, the automotive industry faces enormous challenges to find an optimal, cost-efficient balance between drivebility and energy efficiency within the boundaries set by emission legislation. Hybridization of automotive powertrains leads to challenging questions on topology design and energy management systems. Also the research on slip control of Continously Variable Transmissions (CVT) and new concepts for hybrid and electrical drivetrains for passenger cars and commercial vehicles is part of the research.
Furthermore, the introduction of advanced low-emission engine concepts require closed-loop combustion control systems to increase the stable operating range, to enhance transient performance, and to realize smooth switching between various modes. Ultimately, this research is heading towards integrated powertrain control, where energy and emission management of the overall powertrain is fully integrated.