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California: Governor Schwarzenegger Meets Austrian Automotive Experts

Austrian Delegation in California ©


December 13, 2010

 Austrian companies visit alternative propulsion and sustainable mobility companies 

 With the goal of achieving a better understanding of alternative propulsion systems and sustainable mobility, an Austrian delegation visited 14 companies and institutions in the state of California. This trade mission was organized by the Austrian Trade Commission in Chicago, the US Embassy in Vienna/US Commercial Service and the Vienna University of Technology/Institute for Powertrains and Automotive Technology.

“Austrian companies have technological advantages in some areas, but have to improve in how they present their competencies” said Governor Schwarzenegger to the group of Austrian automotive executives whilst visiting in Sacramento. By personally joining the trade mission, the US Ambassador in Austria William C. Eacho III showed a commitment from the United States to Austrian competency in developing alternative propulsion systems and alternative energy technologies.

There is no silver bullet when it comes to the powertrain of the future. The outcome—electric, hybrid, hydrogen, or conventional--will depend on the individual requirement of the user, the available infrastructure and government funding and requirements. Opportunities for Austrian companies come from their competences in further developing conventional engines, automotive parts, e-cars and hydrogen vehicles. The Austrian Trade Commission in Chicago sees future opportunities for lighter and new materials, complex production line support, expertise, instruments and software development for prototypes and test beds

Austrian participants joining this fact finding mission were: AVL List GmbH , Federal Ministry for Transportation, Innovation and Technology , Fronius International GmbH , Hofer Automotive International e.U., Austrian Automotive, Motorbike and Touring Club (ÖAMTC) , Intensa , Pankl Racing and its US-subsidiary CP-Carrillo , qpunkt , SLR-Gusswerk II Betriebs GmbH , University of Technology, Graz , Vienna University of Technology , Treibacher Industrie AG, TTTech Automotive GmbH , Unycom Austria , Wien Energie GmbH .