IIT Guwahati has created a technology that grades electric car motors and batteries and recommends the best drivetrain components for the Indian market to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The EVs that exist today do not consider Indian climatic conditions and are not focused on the different rural and urban drive cycles.
The aim of this research is to reduce emissions and fuel consumption. It will be beneficial not just to OEMs, but also to startups in this domain. This study is being conducted by Researchers from Electric Mobility Laboratory at IIT Guwahati, led by Dr Praveen Kumar, Professor, Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering at IIT Guwahati. “This is a one-of-a-kind approach that standardizes electronic vehicles based on Indian drive-cycles,” claim the researchers.
In a dry and cold environment, an electrical drivetrain (the collection of components that power the drive wheels) that’s built in a humid atmosphere does not perform as expected. Prof TG Sitaram, Director, IIT Guwahati said, “The development in the next generation of energy efficient EV technology is one of the most important breakthroughs needed for sustainable development and reducing the carbon footprint of the country. IIT Guwahati is taking serious note of this. This development will enhance this process and maximize results.”
Elaborating on the long-term positive impact of this development, Dr. Praveen Kumar says, “Our goal is to create a document that will enable new entrants to the EV market and help level the playing field. The other primary benefit of the practice is to prepare the next generation of technocrats who are prepared for an outstanding career in EV technology anywhere in the world.”
The institute plans to expand its research to commercial cars, collaborating with manufacturers to develop more efficient drivetrains that are suited to India’s many climates. The current experiment focuses just on two-wheelers, but researchers are attempting to develop this technology for four-wheelers as well.