Sunday, September 30, 2012

Paris gets electrified at the Motor Show

Every two years, the french capital welcomes the "Mondial de l'Automobile". This Motor Show, which is the most attended in the world (1,5 million visitors), is once more focused on EVs. OEMS are showing new models and a test track is welcoming visitors for a ride and drive. An electric village also welcomes plug suppliers.
Here is our guide of Paris Motor Show.

For Renault, this 2012 edition is the opportunity to launch the Zoe. This model has been homologated with an NEDC cycle range of 210 km. It also features the “Range OptimiZEr” to improve the real-world range, depending on driving conditions (between 100 and 150 km). Zoe can be charged at any level of power -taking between 30 minutes and nine hours - due to the “Caméléon” charger.
It is also the first Renault vehicle to be presented with R-Link, a multimedia system featuring a seven-inch touch screen tablet, navigation and connected services.

PSA is much focused on Hybrid4 technology. However, Peugeot makes the buzz with Onyx concept car. It is powered by a V8 hybrid engine.

Citroen is also introducing a concept car. DS3 Electrum is powered by two electric motors at the front.

Bolloré Group, which supplies Autolib' car sharing service with electric cars, is now ready to offer a version of the Bluecar for private customers. The 250 km range has been validated by intensive driving in Paris.

Small is beautiful, says Toyota. Here is the IQ EV model serie.

German OEMS are also electrifying Paris. Mercedes impresses with the amazing SLS AMG E-Cell. Daimler also exhibits the future B-Class (powered by Tesla) and the Brabus version of the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive.

BMW is showing a Spyder version of the i8 concept, as well as naked version of the i3 revealing the Life Drive structure. The other highight is the Active Tourer concept (a plug in hybrid).

Audi is also introducing a concept car. The Crosslane, which is a A1 based crossover, is a plug in hybrid.

Beside electric vehicles and plug in hybrids, fuel cell technology is well represented at Paris Motor Show. For instance, Nissan is displaying the TeRRA. This 4WD crossover has three electric motors, powered by a compact fuel cell.

Some other OEMS (Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes and Toyota) have also displayed a fuel cell car. During a European Road Tour, scandinavian organisation H2 Moves made a stop at Paris Motor Show.

As for EVs with charge points, a refuelling infrastructure has to be deployed. This what it will look like for an hydrogen station with Air Liquide.

Next, we will discuss connected cars.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

CESA 2012 updated programme now on line

The full programme is now on line !

As we told you already, the 2012 edition of the congress has chosen a top level roundtable discussion format, enhanced by more in depth sessions, detailed presentations and discussions of technical papers.

8 topics will be covered:
- Market of Automotive Electronics
- New mobility for Everyone
- Driver Assistance Systems
- Energy Management
- Smart infotainment
- Electrification & Mechatronics
- Vehicule Systems and Architecture Approach for New Mobility
- New Materials

Here is the link :

Sunday, September 23, 2012

ESG new automotive boss to come at CESA 2012

Executive Vice President for the Automotive Division, Hans-Georg Frischkorn will be one of the speakers of CESA 2012. He will participate to the panel session "Vehicle systems and architecture, approach for a new mobility", on december 5th in the afternoon.
Expert in technology, with high-level jobs at BMW and GM, he joined ESG in January 2012 and is a member of the Executive Board.
This is his resume :
- Diplom Informatiker (Computer Science), University of Stuttgart
- 1978-1994 IBM Corp. (Product development, systems engineering, business development, IBM management consulting)
- 1995-1996 McKinsey and Company
- 1997-2005 BMW (Project leader of the vehicle project Z4, Senior VP Electrical/Electronics Engineering, Senior VP Architecture and Systems Integration) - 2006-2009 General Motors Executive Director Global Electrical Systems, Controls, and Vehicle Software - 2010-2011 Managing Director for Technology and Environmental Affairs in the Verband der Automobilindustrudie e.V. (VDA)

Thursday, September 20, 2012


Chief Executive Officer of CLEPA, the European Association of Automotive Suppliers, Jean-Marc Gales will make a keynote speech at CESA 2012 on day 2.
After studying at Imperial College London and the University of Karlsruhe, Jean-Marc joined BMW in 1990 and held various positions in strategic planning, group co-ordination and organisation.
Following executive positions at Rolls Royce and Volkswagen, Jean-Marc took up the position of Managing Director, Light Commercial Vehicles at General Motors and this was followed by Managing Director, Sales, Marketing and Customer Service, Central Europe for Opel and Saab.
Between 2006 and 2009 Jean-Marc was Global Sales Director, Mercedes Benz.
In April 2009 he became Member of the Managing Board of PSA Peugeot Citroën and Executive Vice President, Citroën.
In June 2009 Jean-Marc became Member of the Managing Board of PSA Peugeot Citroën and Executive Vice President, Sales, Marketing, Aftersales.
In April 2012 Jean-Marc joined CLEPA as Chief Executive Officer.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Dual voltage power supply system with 48 volts (BMW presentation)

As convened, here is a snapshot of Ottmar Sirch's presentation on 48 volt. This paper is scheduled during CESA 2012.
As an introduction, our expert from BMW reminds that the continuous increase of functionality for comfort, safety, driver assistance and infotainment systems as well as the insertion of innovations raise the requirements. In combination with the electrification of powertrain functions and ancillary units for CO2 reductions these requirements drive today´s vehicle power supply to its limits.

Then, Mr Sirch gives examples : Start-Stop-Function, Brake Energy Recuperation und electrification of mechanical driven systems as well as superpositioning of high power loads. The demand of electric energy and power as well as the cycling of accumulators have increased significantly.

In the future, OEMS will need High Power Recuperation (> 5 kW), Extended Start-Stop-Functions, E-Assist/E-Boost, eTurboCharge, as well as Electrification of ancillary units (electric climate compressor, electrification of chassis control systems) and new functions (front screen heating, electrohydraulic valve control)

As a conclusion, displacing all high power loads and implementation of new high power functions can reduce the requirements to the DC/DC converter and the 12-V-battery significantly.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Ottmar Sirch (BMW) to discuss 48 volt at CESA 2012

CESA speaker

Top expert from BMW, Ottmar Sirch will make a presentation on 48 volt in Paris, during CESA 2012. He's focusing on dual voltage as the responsible for the Predevelopment of Vehicle Electrical Power Supply Systems.
In Munich, the predevelopment projects cover all subjects of electrical power supply in vehicles with combustion engines as well as Hybrid and Electric vehicles.
Mr Sirch came to SIA office in Suresnes, near Paris to share his vision for 48 v, a few days ago.

The presentation has been attended by Gérard Maniez (Freescale), Guy Convenant (Valeo), Uwe Dausch (Valeo), Jean-Yves Stineau (Renault), Oliver Nass (ESG Group), Daniel Benchetrite (Valeo), Gérard Saint-Léger (Renault), Dominique Lenoir (Renault), Franck Briault (PSA Peugeot Citroën), Eric Dequi (PSA Peugeot Citroën), Thierry Seynaeve (ESG Group) and Jean-François Léon (Valeo).

Who is Ottmar Sirch ? 
Since 11 years, he is Project Manager in the Electrics/Electronics Department at the Center of Research and Development. He was responsible for the HVAC Control Electronics of the 1 series and 3 series from 2001 to 2005. In 2005 he took over the responsibility for predevelopment of hybrid vehicle power supply systems for the 1st and 2nd generation. Since 4 years now, he's Project Manager for Predevelopment.

Ottmar Sirch received his Dipl.-Ing. Univ. degree in Electrical Engineering at the Technical University of Munich in 1985. During his main study period he focused on semiconductor technologies. He did his Dipl.-Ing. thesis on CMOS Latch-up in 1985. Afterwards he was working 16 years in the semiconductor industry at Siemens Semiconductor Group (from 1999 Infineon Technologies) in several fields and positions (CMOS technology development for VLSI-Logic, Physical Failure Analysis of Integrated Ciruits for Quality and Reliability Strategic and Technical Sales and Marketing for Automotive Semiconductors) He joined BMW Group in 2001.

Additionally, Ottmar Sirch is chairing the conference “Electrics/Electronics in Hybrid and Electric Vehicles and electrical Energy Management” of Haus der Technik e.V. Essen since 2008.

Next, we will give some details about BMW's vision on 48 v.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

CESA 2012 exhibitors revealed

During the last programme committee meeting, the organisers of the congress have revealed the names of the exhibitors.
Next to to the conference room, in Newport room, CESA 2012 will welcome Valeo, Continental, Bosch, STMicroelectronics, TE Connectivity, Vector, as well as the Austrian Embassy (special guest).
There is another exhition floor, in Beach room, with dSpace, Mathworks, NXP, as well as Advancy, Idiada, IPG and Method Park.
 A very few booths are still available. If you're interested, you should book very quickly.

And then there were none. The last Wexford Starlite Cruise of 2012

Each week in the bustling village of Wexford Pennsylvania, an incredible sight falls across the Northway Christian Community campus. Thousands of cars converge on what can only be described as the largest weekly car cruise on the East Coast. And when we say thousands, we mean it. Each and every Friday (weather permitting of course) over 2000 cruisers pack the parking lots, fields, lawn, of Northway. The Wexford Starlite Car Cruise has a little bit of something for everyone. Vintage cars, new cars, hot rods, imports, exotics, military vehicles, rat rods, million dollar 1 of 1 classics, motorcycles. It's all here. Family entertainment, check. Food vendors, yep they're here in force. If you're in the Pittsburgh area, and you haven't heard of this phenomenon You must check it out in 2013. There were rumors that the cruise wasn't going to happen in 2013. But Pastor Jay Passavant has assured the masses that the cruise will be held in 2013. This is a fantastic event that the whole family can enjoy. You can all pile in the car, have dinner at the cruise and enjoy the classics and the oldies music from the DJ and be a family.  So, be there or be square man!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

CESA speeds up with a programme meeting

Back to business after holidays... CESA programme committee has set up a meeting today in order to fill the blanks and to discuss in depth about round tables (that will have a lot of speakers). An updated version will be available soon on SIA web site.
Around Jochen Langheim, Chairman of CESA 2012 and from ST, we could see Jérome Perrin (VeDeCom and Renault), Daniel Pfrimmer and Pauline Senis (SIA), Eric Della Vecchia (Bosch), Michel Valette (NXP), Pierre-Yves Geels (AVL), Thierry Seynaeve (ESG France), Andy Toulemonde (Infineon), Igor Demay (PSA), as well as Nelly Dimey (STMicroelectronics).
On phone were Hans-Gerd Krekels (TRW), Gilles Zeppa (Delphi), Khamis Kadiri (PSA) and Emilie Bonnet (SIA).
 For sure, CESA 2012 will be a successful edition with a high level programme.