In 2024, the main theme of the International Vienna Motor Symposium will be greenhouse gas
neutrality: The issues discussed will range from e-fuels and green electricity for electric vehicles to
the advantages of the hydrogen combustion engine as an emission-free powertrain. More than 80
high-ranking experts from the world of science and the automobile industry and its suppliers are
expected at the event in the Vienna Hofburg palace from 24 to 26 April 2024, where they will present a wide range of technological and strategic innovations in powertrain systems to the more than 1,000 expected participants from over 25 countries. Registrations for the 2024 Motor Symposium will begin on January 10.
More than ever before, the automotive industry is focusing its attention on sustainability, energy supply, and economy: “Sustainably generated energy and energy source are the decisive factor for environmental performance”, believes Bernhard Geringer, Chairman of the Austrian Society of Automotive Engineers (ÖVK)and organiser of the symposium. “Green electricity and green hydrogen must become more relevant in purely electric vehicles.”
No silver bullet
According to Geringer, there is no silver bullet to solve the energy issue for mobility: “Depending on the
application, different technologies can prove to be the most suitable solution. This is why we take an open approach to technology at the Motor Symposium. New powertrain systems will need new and above all renewable energy: Which means that the development and spread of new powertrain systems will always depend on the production levels of renewable energies.”
Hydrogen combustion engine: a promising alternative?
This year’s International Motor Symposium in the Vienna Hofburg palace will place particular emphasis on the advantages of the hydrogen combustion engine as an alternative for emission-free powertrains: “The EU also regards the hydrogen engine as free of greenhouse emissions”, says Helmut Eichlseder, Director of the Institute of Thermodynamics and Sustainable Propulsion Systems at Graz University of Technology and Deputy Chairman of the ÖVK: “Europe currently focuses exclusively on vehicle emissions and CO 2 . The rest of the world, however, is taking a more systemic view, which ranges from production and use to disposal and recycling as part of a circular economy. Therefore, we will provide ample room for the topic of greenhouse gas neutrality at this year’s Motor Symposium: The issues will cover energy, powertrain technology, as well as new storage developments and optimised battery cooling, but also autonomous driving.”
Registration and accreditations begin on 10 January.
This year’s speakers from around the world will include Rebecca Yates, Vice President Advanced Lubricant Products at bp, Karl Rose, former Chief Strategist at ADNOC, Ruiping Wang, CEO of Aurobay Holding (Geely/Renault), Helmut List, CEO of AVL List GmbH, Friedrich Eichler, Chief Technology Officer at CNH Industrial Österreich GmbH, and Arnd Franz, Chairman of the Management Board of the MAHLE Group.
This high-level lecture programme will be accompanied by a trade fair, exhibiting the latest technologies and developments from automobile makers and their suppliers.
Registrations for the symposium will begin on 10 January online at https://wiener-motorensymposium.at/en/registration.