Mobility Concepts of Cars: Driving the Change towards Sustainability

14 September 2022, 12:00 – 13:30 CEST

Being more sustainable is one of the key claims of consumers nowadays. Especially in the automotive industry this demand is highly mirrored by customers. Now is the time for renowned automotive companies to start building their view of the new digital future and you should be in the middle of introducing top-notch e-mobility and hydrogen car concepts!

Your core activity will shift to more technology service offerings and alternative propulsions instead of keeping the focus on fossil fuels. Particularly big cities will soon ban those vehicles which forces your company to come up with future-proof strategies to tackle these challenges. In this episode we will go on a journey together with the goal of securing your market share and discussing the car industry’s approach to establish surrogative mobility concepts.

Hosted by:

Michael W. Nimtsch
Co-Founder and CEO of Trailer Dynamics GmbH
Ferry M. M. Franz
Director Hydrogen Affairs Europe at Toyota Motor Europe
Roberto J. Almeida e Silva
Head of R&D Automotive Drive Systems, Mahle GmbH
Christine Cheminay
Director Global Purchasing Battery Systems, Webasto Group

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Building Sustainable Vehicles: New Perspectives and Orientation through Best Practices
Michael W. Nimtsch, Co-Founder and CEO of Trailer Dynamics GmbH

Onwards to a greener fleet of vehicles: What does it take to incorporate sustainability into the production process of cars and the ready-for-market vehicles later on? Learn about the best practices of electrification concepts and endurable components for the production process of vehicles in our expert success story:

  • Discussing ways to ensure profitable growth as renowned automotive company while adapting to slowing demand and changed market conditions
  • How can the automotive industry contribute to decarbonizing and sustainable green logistics to achieve the 1.5°C goal?
  • Mastering the electrification of your future vehicle product range to meet government goals until 2030
  • Applying newly set regulations on your already existing fleets to secure your market share
Hydrogen vs. Electric Vehicles as Strong Candidates for Automotive Transformation
Ferry M. M. Franz, Director Hydrogen Affairs Europe at Toyota Motor Europe
Roberto J. Almeida e Silva, Head of R&D Automotive Drive Systems, Mahle GmbH

During this panel discussion we will focus on all the remaining questions about the best future ideas in terms of new mobility approaches. Our expert panellists will shed light on why some companies are ditching hydrogen vehicles completely when others are the biggest advocates for this concept:

  • Infrastructure restrictions are shaping the future of automotive: are we expanding loading points or upgrading already existing fuel stations for hydrogen vehicles?
  • Do hydrogen vehicles even have a future when there are already big investments in an electrical infrastructure?
  • Is the preference of a mobility concept linked to a specific market or is it coincidence that the Asian markets choose for hydrogen more likely than the European markets?
  • Is deciding on one concept the answer to our questions or is it keeping the doors open for tailored concepts based on the customers' needs?
Producing Battery Systems Globally
Christine Cheminay, Director Global Purchasing Battery Systems, Webasto Group

The climate crisis becomes the basis for a new global identity. Battery systems can contribute considerably to fulfil the targets for a sustainable future. Webasto Group found solutions to meet the requirements for an affordable, scalable and sustainable technology, focusing on a two-pillar strategy: Standardized Battery Systems for commercial vehicles and off-road OEMs and Individualized Battery Systems for large OEMs:

  • Webasto has been awarded with a huge assignment for a Korean OEM under an extremely tight timeline
  • By using the Webasto plant in Schierling, Germany, as a blueprint and role model, Webasto managed to scale production in time, manufacture close to the customer and meet the challenges of global production


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