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The exciting & sustainable future of powertrain #FPC2017

Posted by: Katherine Garratt 10 Mar 17 - 12:04PM  | Automotive
Future Powertrain ConferenceTeam members from Jonathan Lee Recruitment attended the Future Powertrain Conference (#FPC2017) last week to learn about the latest innovations in the powertrain industry. The two day event that was held at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham, brought together industry and academic experts to explore topics from fuel cells and hydrogen to automated driving and the application of digital technologies.

Future Powertrain Conference 

In one lecture presented by Dr Malte Jaensch, Head of Electric Drivetrain from Porsche Engineering, disruptive innovation and the future of the electric powertrain was discussed. Dr Malte Jaensch explored how electric car batteries are being developed to increase power density, with much R&D increasing the types of batteries available on the market.

Looking ahead to the future, the increased demand and economies of scale will eventually reduce the cost of such technologies. In the pursuit of a sustainable future, the infrastructure of charging stations will also need to be addressed; this includes increasing the number of stations, dramatically reducing the charging time, to ensuring the national grid can cope with increased electricity demands.

Paul Branton, Business Development Manager at Jonathan Lee Recruitment explains: “It was fascinating to hear about the powertrain advancements under development. The sophisticated use of employing simulation tools and implications of ‘big data’ was particularly interesting. For example, we have never been able to monitor and make such precise predictions about output and consumption during testing, and in the future in real time.

“The data collated will enable manufacturers to examine specific information, such as the range of gears being used and make adaptations to the design of the vehicle or the materials being used to improve efficiency and ensure the most sustainable solution is being delivered.”

James Tilley, Recruitment Consultant from Jonathan Lee Recruitment also attended and commented: “It was a very informative event, probably the best event I have attended over the past few years. One particular area of interest was the powertrain development in off-road and heavy duty vehicles. All the speakers were fantastic and extremely knowledgeable”.

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Jonathan Lee Recruitment is a specialist in the provision of high quality engineers, validation engineers and technicians to the powertrain sector with CATIA, Unigraphics, ProEngineer and other CAD engineering skills. We work in partnership with our global client base of OEM vehicle manufacturers from 1st and 2nd tier suppliers to SME, R&D centres and design consultancies.
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