Forum B - Trends & Future All-Wheel Drive Concepts

Christoph Schmahl

11:30 - 12:00 | GKN's ActiveConnect All-Wheel Drive System as an energy-efficient solution for electrified vehicles

Christoph Schmahl | Test Coordinator AWD-Systems, GKN Driveline International GmbH

• Energy savings of up to 9 % due to central generation of drive power in combination with the ActiveConnect system
• Cost reduction of up to 13% due to a mechanical AWD solution
• Full system power on both axles supports improved mobility and off-road capabilities
• The ActiveConnect system enables AWD with low development and integration effort for vehicles with hybridized primary drive

Christoph Schmahl received his Bachelor of Enineering in Mechatronics in 2015 from Hochschule Bonn- Rhein-Sieg, St. Augustin. One year later he received his master degree in the same topic area. Since 2017 he is test coordinator for AWD- Systems at GKN Driveline International GmbH in Lohmar.

Franco Cimatti

12:00 - 12:30 | Electrification: Effects on vehicle architecture

Franco Cimatti | Chief Engineer Advanced Concepts Group, Lotus Geely

Franco Cimatti began his professional career in 1983 at Lombardini FIM, Reggio Emilia in Italy as a diesel engine special projects engineer. In 1986 he moved to Ferrari SpA in Maranello, where he worked as a vehicle testing and prototype construction engineer. Four years later he became Head of Vehicle Road Testing Department and then Head of Vehicle Concepts and Pre-development. From 2016 to 2018 he was Professor of Automotive Engineering at the University of Modena. Currently he is working as Chief Engineer for Advanced Concepts at Lotus Cars, Geely Holding Group.

Kaoru Sawase

12:30 - 1:00 | All-Wheel Control for electric drive vehicles

Kaoru Sawase | Chief Technology Engineer, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation

• All Wheel Control as the technology development concept
• The integrated vehicle dynamics control system S-AWC ( Super All Wheel Control); definition, target performance, control policy, and configurations
• The ideal longitudinal torque distribution; theory and method to realizes in Twin Motor 4WD of OUTLANDER PHEV

Dr. Kaoru Sawase received B.E. and M.E. in precision engineering in 1986 and 1988, and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in 2009 from Tohoku University.
From 1988 he worked for Mitsubishi Motors for 14 years.
From 2012 he was a professor at the National Institute of Technology of Ichinoseki College for six years and is still a lecturer today.
Currently he is working as senior technology engineer at Mitsubishi Motors.