Commercial Vehicles - On Road

Powertrains for light, medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicles use an increasing number of complex systems for engine, transmission, electric drives, exhaust aftertreatment and the respective electronic control systems. The key is to balance this complexity with the life cycle cost of the vehicle.

AVL Approach

Based on our long history of technology leadership for commercial powertrains,  AVL has the capability to define and develop any component of modern powertrains from concept to production and has developed tools and methodologies to align partially contradictive requirements, achieving:

  • Close to zero emissions with low fuel consumption
  • Enhanced powertrain durability despite increased complexity
  • Enhanced powertrain reliability considering global production and sourcing of components
  • Products for global markets with high degree of commonality, while achieving diverse emission and application requirements
  • Appropriate powertrain cost while introducing new technologies for electrification

Benefits at a Glance

Due to AVL's long history and our continuous development within the commercial powertrain market, you get to work with a reliable partner providing the following benefits:

  • A wide range of top technologies developed by AVL for your new or upgraded commercial powertrain
  • A partner that professionally develops new powertrains on a regular basis
  • A proven and efficient development processes to develop cost effective and reliable powertrain solutions
  • A global market overview of different requirements for different markets and applications
  • Access to a global network of well experienced engineering resources and well equipped facilities


Due to the strong focus on the development of commercial powertrains, AVL has set trends in the last few years with the development of more than twenty heavy-duty engines and powertrains, as well as more than thirty in the medium and light-duty class.

Medium and light duty powertrains:

  • Several developments of engines and powertrains from clean sheet to series production for different applications and worldwide distribution
  • Base engine, performance and emissions as well as aftertreatment technologies optimizing commonalities and different local market requirements
  • Management of a worldwide supplier base

Heavy duty powertrains:

  • Development of a majority of the new heavy-duty engine families, partly from clean sheet to series production
  • Design for high performance and lowest emission engines

New commercial powertrain technologies:

  • Evaluation and development of different hybrid applications for truck and bus applications including downsizing for commercial vehicles
  • Development of powertrain solutions for advanced efficiency (e.g. waste heat recovery)
  • Different gas and dual fuel concepts