Berlin -- Views on electromobility were at the center of a keynote speech delivered by Continental Executive Board Member JosÃ© Avila at the second eMobility Summit in Berlin.
â€œContinental feels committed to electromobility and the electrification of vehicle functionsâ€, Avila stated in his speech at the event organised by the â€œTagesspiegelâ€. Together with customers the company has pioneered battery applications, power electronics, electric motors, and energy management, he said.
Avila also confirmed that Continental continues to improve combustion engine technology. â€œThe combustion engine needs to be further optimised to fulfill its task without overly impacting climate and environment. After all, 95 percent of all vehicles manufactured over the next 10 years will still have a combustion engine,â€ he noted.
Avila said he is convinced there is no clash between electrification and combustion engines. â€œTo make the combustion engine fit for the oncoming transition period requires the help of electrification. The two form a winning team. The transition from fossil fuel to electric energy will not be abrupt but continuous. Our goal is to help make that transition as smooth and as successful as possible.â€
Continental is currently working on 100 electromobility projects with 20 manufacturers.
â€œElectromobility is still young but it is coming of age now. There is so much momentum behind e-vehicle development. At Continental alone roughly 1600 specialists are working either on further developing existing concepts or on innovations for hybrid and e-vehicles,â€ Avila noted.
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Press release from Continental