On-Demand Webinars: Energy

Engineering Construction Vehicles for Battery-Electric Solutions


Noise and emissions limits, particularly in urban settings, make battery-electric construction vehicles an attractive option. This is especially true as equipment manufacturers and suppliers continue to develop solutions that are more cost-effective and durable enough to operate in demanding environments.

This 60-minute Webinar from the editors of Truck and Off-Highway Engineering will discuss their latest engineering efforts to bring reliable electric machines to construction sites as well as advanced technologies to improve uptime and maintenance of EV systems.

Topics include:

  • The challenges of testing efficient, electric powertrains for commercial and off-highway vehicles.
  • The challenges of providing comprehensive, real-time performance including FPGA-based hardware acceleration for the development and testing of power electronics and electric-drive controls.
  • The challenges of supporting a range of application-specific interfaces and protocols for electric motors, fuel cells, batteries, power electronics, and charging systems.
  • Solutions for testing on a signal level and a power level.
  • Open libraries with open and ready-to-use models that can be executed on processors or FPGAs to speed-up the development process.
  • The importance of real-world testing in machine design
  • Engineering and testing for the impacts of temperature and vibration
  • The importance of understanding customer behaviors and usage to maximize run-time
  • The relevance of virtual modeling and simulation in supporting electric machine development
  • The benefits of using rapid-control prototyping systems to test ideas and concepts

An audience Q&A follows the technical presentations.


Tilo Huber, Head of Construction Equipment Systems, Industrial Technology, ZF Group

Tilo Huber has global responsibility for ZF Group’s construction equipment systems, which include transmissions and axles for conventional and electrified drivetrains, electronic controls, and brake systems. A 30-year veteran in the off-highway driveline industry, he also has held positions in R&D for powershift transmissions and axles, value engineering, and operations. Tilo is a member of the advisory board for the bi-annual Powertrain Systems in Mobile Machines technical conference hosted by VDI – The Association of German Engineers. He holds an Executive MBA from Georgia Tech as well as a degree in mechanical engineering from Offenburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany.

Christian Sauerland, Senior Engineering Manager, dSPACE Inc.

Christian Sauerland is a Senior Engineering Manager at dSPACE Inc. where he is responsible for hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) application engineering for the company's North American market. He joined dSPACE in 2008 as a project engineer, later progressed into management, and today oversees application engineering for HIL and related technology areas. His responsibilities also include the development of e-mobility related business for dSPACE, including solutions for motor simulation, power electronics, smart charging, and battery management. Throughout his career with dSPACE, he has gained expertise in the application of tools for embedded-controls software, specifically verification and validation through HIL simulation.

Justin Zupanc, Head of Electromobility and Autonomous Solutions for Road Building Equipment, Volvo Construction Equipment

Justin Zupanc serves as Head of Electromobility and Autonomous Solutions for Road Building Equipment at Volvo Construction Equipment, where he recently oversaw an electric machine testing program in California, continuing to build his company’s extensive experience with electric, off-road equipment in real-life customer applications. Justin’s career began with Ingersoll-Rand before joining Volvo Construction Equipment as an electrical engineer and working in various roles—from design and systems engineering to cab engineering manager to head of the asphalt compaction development team.

Amanda Hosey, Editor, SAE Media Group

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