As an innovation leader offering a wealth of technologies that make vehicles more fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly and safer, Schaeffler has committed to a holistic “Mobility for Tomorrow” concept focused on finding sustainable solutions for the world of tomorrow. Schaeffler is demonstrating its eMobility capabilities at its 2017 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) AutoMobili-D exhibit this week and also during panel participation.
At 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 11, Jeff Hemphill, Schaeffler chief technology officer for the Americas, will participate in an eMobility panel moderated by Car & Driver’s Bengt Halvorson. Hemphill will provide Schaeffler’s insight on the future of eMobility based on the company’s experience in several relevant areas, including eBikes, in-wheel motors, micro-mobiles and the digitalization of transport.
During his panel discussion, Hemphill will discuss three key eMobility trends: electrification will continue gaining momentum; autonomy will further drive electrification; and new demands in charging and comfort will appear due to this combination.
“To address these key eMobility trends, Schaeffler leverages the cross-functional expertise of our engineers in the fields of engine, transmission, chassis/suspension and electric mobility to develop solutions that drive the future of mobility,” said Hemphill. “A great example of how Schaeffler’s collaborative success can shift the paradigm to create innovative eMobility solutions is our BioHybrid concept that we’re showcasing at our AutoMobili-D exhibit.”
The BioHybrid, Schaeffler’s design and development concept for the future of urban mobility, addresses the clear trend toward new, compact mobility solutions for urban environments around the world. The concept is positioned very close to a bicycle, but includes fundamental advantages: higher traffic safety; no driver’s license/registration required; easy charging (230 volt socket); comfortable riding conditions; and a fit for existing urban infrastructures.
AutoMobili-D is the new mobility exhibition planned for the 2017 NAIAS. Located in the Cobo Center Atrium and adjoining hall, AutoMobili-D will feature 120,000-square-feet of exhibition space and two presentation stages. The main stage will feature panel discussions and symposiums about mobility while the Big M Presentation Theater will offer informal presentations in a more intimate setting.
NAIAS opened to the media and industry officials on Monday, Jan. 9. It will be open to the public from Saturday, Jan. 14 through Sunday, Jan. 22. For more information, visit: naias.com.