The automated actuation of tailgates is meanwhile now widespread and can be found not only in luxury-class vehicles, but also in the compact class. As far as the side doors of vehicles are concerned, opening and closing are still largely manual. However, the first concepts for electrical assistance in the opening and closing functions are already fit for series production.
MAHLE has developed a new, fully integrated and modular hybrid drive that can be tailored to suit a wide range of vehicle applications. The MAHLE Modular Hybrid Powertrain (MMHP) is a fully integrated, plug-in hybrid drive that incorporates a highly efficient 2- or 3-cylinder, turbocharged gasoline engine featuring the latest technologies from MAHLE. In comparison with established hybrid technologies, it offers several advantages: it is more cost-efficient, more compact, and lighter.
The Technology Group, Rheinmetall, is systematically supplementing its automotive product portfolio in the direction of new driveline systems. In addition to products for electric vehicles, current development efforts include components for alternative powertrains, such as the fuel cell. Within this context, Rheinmetall Automotive is developing a recirculation fan for hydrogen not yet consumed within the fuel cell stacks, special coolant pumps for 400 and 800 voltages, and electric valves.
BENTELER has signed a strategic collaboration agreement with Automobili Pininfarina GmbH, an offshoot of the world-renowned Italian car design company Pininfarina. Together, the companies will develop a platform for electric vehicles, which will form the basis of Automobili Pininfarina’s future range of luxury electric cars.
Intelligent engine components are not just a valuable tool for engine developers but could in the future be used as “early warning systems” in engines for monitoring operating conditions and ensuring a long service life. Intelligent bearings from MAHLE keep track of operating conditions in real time, providing an accurate view of the temperature in the bearing. The same measurement method forms the basis for an innovative piston monitoring concept, in which measurement data is transmitted wirelessly and the energy consumption of the sensors covered by the motion of the piston via “energy harvesting.”