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The Powertrain of Tomorrow 2021

IN CONJUNCTION WITH Grid Integration + Electrified Mobility

Thinking in Systems

27-01-2021 – 28-01-2021 – virtually via live stream

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Thinking in Systems

The Powertrain of Tomorrow 2021

Due to the current situation created by Covid-19, the Powertrain of tomorrow 2021 will take place as a virtual event this year.

Increasingly stringent legislation on CO2 emissions are causing a paradigm change in powertrain development. Electrification is broadening the global drive mix with and without combustion engines. The focus of this international conference will be on advanced drive concepts designed equally for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. The complexity of the cause-and-effect relationships can only be mastered through digitization. Systems thinking, intelligent management and new development methods play crucial roles in the race for the drive of the future.

Drive systems consisting of internal combustion engines, electrification, and CO2-neutral fuels are effective means of enabling us to continue to meet our transport and mobility requirements without restrictions in the future. The precondition for this is renewable electric energy. This energy can be used either directly in electric drive systems or indirectly through synthetic fuels. If international markets are to be successfully supplied with sustainable products, a discussion that is open to all technologies and goes beyond familiar technical borders will become increasingly important. For that reason, ATZlive is combining this powertrain congress with the ATZ congress "Grid Integration+Electrified Mobility" in order to promote interaction between representatives from the automotive industry, energy providers, and power grid operators. Meet the experts virtually via live stream.

Thinking in systems

Main Subject Areas

Development open to all technologies 

Sustainable decision-making 

Developing efficiently and accurately


Keynote Lectures

Dr. Norbert Alt
FEV Europe GmbH, Germany

Franco Bellillo
Beijing Electric Vehicle Co. Ltd., China

Dirk Braun
BridgingIT GmbH, Germany

Manfred Homm
Schaeffler Automotive Buehl GmbH & Co. KG, Germany

Panel Discussion

Are sector coupling and competition between technologies the keys to success?

Dr. Ralf Burgdorf
BridgingIT GmbH, Germany

Prof. Dr. Uwe Dieter Grebe
AVL List GmbH, Austria

Xaver Pfab
BMW Group, Germany

Dr. Peter Sauermann
BP Europa SE, Germany

2 Conferences in one location

Perfect interaction between traffic concepts, vehicles with electrified powertrains, and infrastructure is the precondition for broad-based market success. In order to provide participants with the opportunity for an interdisciplinary dialogue, we will be holding our established ATZlive conferences "The Powertrain of tomorrow" and "Grid Integration+Electrified Mobility" simultaneously starting this year.

The independent character with the well-known technical depth will be retained for each conference. Participants will have the opportunity to switch to the parallel conference and thus broaden their perspective. Thus we support the interdisciplinary communication and the necessary systems thinking.


The international MTZ Conference “The Powertrain of Tomorrow” is aimed at managers and experts in powertrain development and electrification. It is a must-attend event for engine and vehicle manufacturers, their suppliers and development partners, teaching staff and engineers from universities, representatives of authorities and associations, and technicians active in this field.


Virtual as live stream at your workstation

Conference Language

Simultaneous interpreting (German/English)

The accompanying trade exhibition

A trade exhibition of interesting suppliers and service providers rounds off the conference and provides the opportunity to find out about innovations on site.

Details on the trade exhibition


27-01-2021 – 28-01-2021
virtually via live stream

Participation fee

EUR 1,184.05

incl. VAT

EUR 995.00

plus VAT

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Marc Vestweber

+49 (0) 611. 7878 132


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Scientific Director and Advisory Board

Dr. Johannes Liebl, Editor-in-Charge ATZ | MTZ | ATZelektronik

A scientific advisory board made up of outstanding personalities from each of the fields involved supports our conference in terms of planning and finding topics.