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Speaker: Klaus Fuoss, Director Engine Development, Porsche Engineering Services, Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany

Future Challenges for Small Engine Powertrains


Electrification is currently being introduced into automotive applications on a larger scale due to future emissions and fuel consumption regulations. The amount of electrification is discussed intensely and there are multiple powertrain concepts under development to deal with the worldwide challenges and demands of the major markets. So far no single concept was identified that would provide the best solution for future powertrains and therefore all major OEM’s are working with different concepts and different scale of powertrain electrification.

Cost, weight and power density are some of the most important characteristic measures of a powertrain concept and thus the level of electrification for small powertrains in non-automotive applications will follow a different roadmap compared to automotive applications.

This paper is trying to provide a view on the future development of small powertrains, also trying to identify the synergies between automotive and non-automotive applications.

Speaker: Toru Nakazono Senior Specialist, Powertrain Research Division, Research & Development Center, YANMAR Co., Ltd.


Toru Nakazono graduated Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University in 1979 and Nakazono obtained Bachelor degree of engineering. Nakazono studied in Graduate School of Enginering, Hokkaido University from 1980 to 1982.  Nakazono received Master Degree of Engineering from Kokkaido University in 1982.

Dr Nakazono also acts as Guest Professor of Doshisha University and at the Kyoto University from 2016 to 2017. Part-Time Lecture of Kobe University and JSAE Fellow/ Fellow Engineer.

From 1982, Nakazono started to work in YANMAR Co., Ltd. and promoted a senior researcher of Research development center of YANMAR Co., Ltd. in 2000. Nakazono obtained Doctorate Degree of Engineering from Hokkaido University in 1995.

Nakazono retired from YANMAR Co., Ltd. In 2017 and rehired.