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Powertrain Strategies for the 21st Century: Preparing for the Midterm CAFE Assessment

University of Michigan, The Michigan League Ballroom (2nd Floor)
911 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1265

Our recent Powertrain Strategies for the 21st Century conferences have focused on how manufacturers will meet demanding Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) requirements for 2016 and 2025. In 2017, the government and industry will meet to discuss the progress manufacturers made over the past five years in terms of improving fuel economy.  This year we will discuss the powertrain changes manufacturers have made to their fleets and how consumers are responding to the new technologies. We will also discuss the goals for the mid-term assessments. Finally, we will hear how global suppliers are providing important powertrain technology for manufacturers through their innovation processes.   

Some of the key questions we will address include:  How well are manufacturers progressing in meeting their short term Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) goals? What will be the main areas of focus during the mid-term assessment?  How are consumers reacting to the new powertrain choices available in the marketplace? Are certain powertrain technologies considered more important for manufacturers, in general, for meeting future regulations? How important a role do suppliers play in providing new powertrain technology? How do manufacturers incorporate supplier powertrain system engineering into their product development processes?   


Confirmed speakers include:

Bruce Belzowski, Automotive Analysis, UM Transportation Research Institute, will moderate the conference and discuss results from his recent Powertrain Strategies for the 21st Century survey.

Matti Vint, Engineering R&D Director, Powertrain Systems, Valeo, will discuss his company’s technical progress in supporting hybrids, plug-in hybrids, pure electric, and fuel cell vehicles, as well as some of the different approaches manufacturers are taking to meet their CAFE goals.  

Bryan Krulikowski, Vice-President, MorPace, Inc., will talk about his company’s recent consumer research on alternative powertrains, including CNG and fuel cell vehicles.

Other manufacturers, suppliers, government representatives, and consultants have been invited.

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