International VDI Transmission-Congress ‘Drivetrain for Vehicles’ changes name to ‘Dritev’

February 6, 2018

The 5th International VDI Congress ‘Drivetrain for Vehicles’ has changed its name to ‘Dritev’ (DRIvetrain Transmission Electrification in Vehicles), a title which it states reflects the “changing automotive transmission world.” The event, which takes place in Bonn, Germany, on June 27-28, 2018, is expected to attract more than 1,500 delegates, around 100 international exhibitors and 80 specialist lectures on what is said to be one of the world’s largest networking platforms for powertrain and transmission development.

The event will offer a selected technical conference programme reflecting current challenges and developments in automotive transmissions. The programme is set to include subjects such as the transmission topology for electrified powertrains and current concepts for automatic transmissions and e-axes. In these, the individual motor, axle and gear components are integrated in one element.

An accompanying trade exhibition will host national and international companies presenting innovative solutions. Here, participants are expected to get an overview of the most important suppliers in the development, simulation and production of transmissions and transmission components.

Major topics at the Dritev will be:

  • Transmission topology for e-drivetrains
  • E-axes
  • Drivetrain – Optimisation of its components
  • Hybrid modules
  • CVT – Innovative concepts of continously variable transmissions
  • Current developments of automatic- and dual-clutch transmissions systems


Two parallel conferences, ‘Transmissions in Mobile Maschines’ and ‘EDrive’ are expected to make the congress a convenient meeting place for adjacent industries. Other highlights on the schedule include a workshop on ‘Couplings for electrified and hybrid drive system solutions’.

At the 5th International Conference ‘Gearboxes in Mobile Work Machines’, solutions for the reduction of fuel consumption and CO₂, electric drives, system engineering and current transmission concepts for agricultural, construction and forestry machines are on the agenda, while the ‘EDrive’ conference will focus on the increasing electrification of powertrains and the key role of components from the electronics, semiconductor, software and electric motors sector in these developments. Congress participants can also network and gain an overview of current products and services in this field in the accompanying ‘EDrive’ exhibition.

The event is held in German but will be simultaneously translated into English. Further details and registration are available via the congress website.

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