Powertrains, Fuels and Lubricants Digital Summit

September 28-30, 2021│ Online & On-Demand

Bridging the Future Mix of Internal Combustion Engines and EVs

With existing investments in internal combustion engine (ICE) development and infrastructure for petroleum-based fuels distribution already in place, when will the same be valid for a sustainable, all-electric transportation replacement system?  Several questions abound that the SAE 2021 Powertrains, Fuels & Lubricants (PF&L) Digital Summit will tackle, including consumer acceptance of electric vehicles (EV), the powertrain mix of the future between combustion engines and EVs, and energy storage systems.

The 2021 PF&L Digital Summit will provide a valuable opportunity for business and scientific professionals such as OEMs, researchers, engineers, academicians, and others worldwide to respond to these questions for various mobility scenarios.

As an attendee, you will hear about new and emerging technologies implemented to meet regulations to reducing emissions and boosting fuel economy while delivering the best powertrain performance. Our roster of keynotes, speakers, and panelists will also share the outlook on batteries and the industrialization capabilities of chemical storage media, such as hydrogen, synthetic gases, and liquid fuels.

Adding to the prodigious technical program, virtual networking opportunities for professionals associated with combustion technology, injection, fuels, exhaust & emissions control, engine downsizing, pressure boosting, hybrid powertrains, and several other developing technologies bring added and unique value to the program lineup.

Featured Panel Discussions

All times listed reflect Eastern Daylight Time

Tuesday, September 28

Powertrain Options for Sustainable Transportation

11:30am – 1:00pm ET
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Opportunities and Challenges for Hydrogen ICEs?

1:30 – 3:00pm ET
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Wednesday, September 29

Pathway to Zero CO2

11:30am – 1:00pm ET
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Ground Vehicle Decarbonization Strategies: What is the Fastest Way to Reduce Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions Panel Discussion

1:30 – 3:00pm ET
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Thursday, September 30

Let’s Get “Real” about Emissions? (RDE/RWE)

11:30am – 1:00pm ET
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Fuel & Lubricant Effects on Emissions Control

1:30 – 3:00pm ET
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Chat with the Expert Breakout Groups

Tuesday, September 28
3:00-4:30 p.m.

All times listed reflect Eastern Daylight Time




SI Combustion

Combustion in Spark Ignition Engines FFL210
Combustion Control and Optimization FFL280
Cold Start & Transient Emissions Control FFL290

Moderated by: John Waldman


Compression Ignition, Spark Assisted, HCCI, PCCI, Gaseous Fuels Combustion

Combustion in Compression-Ignition Engines FFL220
Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition, HCCI FFL230
Spark Assisted Compression Ignition, SACI FFL240
Partially Premixed Compression Ignition, PCCI FFL250
Dual Fuel Combustion FFL260

Moderated by: Antonio Garcia Martinez & Ravi Ramamurthy


Fuels & Lubricants Including Hydrogen Combustion

Fuel and Additive Effects on Engine Systems FFL310
Fuel Injection and Sprays FFL320
Alternative and Advanced Fuels FFL330
Automotive Gasoline Engine Lubricants FFL340
Driveline Lubricants FFL360
Holistic Session on Fuel Consumption and Fuel Economy FFL370

Moderated by: Felix Leach & Tim Newcomb


Emissions & Aftertreatment

Exhaust Emissions Control - New Developments FFL410
Exhaust Emission Control Systems FFL420
Emission Control Mo4deling FFL430
Emissions Measurement and Testing FFL440
Post Euro 6 Emissions Development FFL470

Moderated by: Krish Kamasamudram & Rahul Mital

Wednesday, September 29
9:00-10:00 a.m.

All times listed reflect Eastern Daylight Time




General Powertrain Development

0-D and 1-D Modeling and Numerics FFL110
Multi-Dimensional Engine Modeling FFL120
Control System Design, Calibration and Optimization FFL130
Engine Flows and Combustion Diagnostics FFL140
Powertrain Thermal Management: Combustion Chamber, Battery Cooling, and Engine Cooling FFL160
High Efficiency IC Engines Concepts FFL170

Moderated by: Anand Bharath & Shekhar Vats


New Engines and Components

New CI & SI Engines and Components FFL510
CI & SI Power Cylinder Systems FFL530
Powertrain Actuators and Sensors FFL560
Engine Block, Cylinder Heads, Oil & Water Pumps, Intake & Exhaust Systems FFL580

Moderated by: David Roth


Transmissions & Drivelines

Transmission & Driveline Technology FFL610

Moderated by: David Popejoy


Hybrid Technology

Advanced Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Powertrains FFL710
Advanced Battery Technologies FFL730
Controls for Hybrids and Electric Powertrains FFL750

Moderated by: Mark Levine & Yue-Yun Wang

As part of the PF&L Digital Summit technical program, we are hosting two, one-hour sessions where you can chat with on-demand presenters and ask questions regarding their work presented, or questions in general on subjects you need more of an expert opinion on.