Deliberations made at iTEC India 2019 on engineering community collaboration to enable efficient transition to electrified mobility
With the three-day iTEC India 2019 conference on electric mobility coming to its final day, it is being seen that participating companies are covering common ground for the transition into electrified transportation systems. The conference, which has included several technical sessions, panel discussions, and an exposition with company showcases, has offered delegates a plethora of knowledge and innovations towards electric mobility.
Right from the beginning of the iTEC India 2019 conference, dignitaries at the inaugural session implied on the relevance of this event for the future mobility scenario of the country. The focus of the event was to deliberate on the methods and solutions that could be employed in assisting the automotive industry to transition to various levels of electrification in the future. The special dignitaries also reiterated the need for joint development of solutions to address this transition, in order to be able to enhance electrification technologies, as well as to reduce the time in bringing these innovations to the market rapidly.
Participation of engineering service providers and component manufacturers enabled the attendees to grasp the level of technology available for vehicle electrification in the Indian scenario, as well as next-generation innovations on offer. The focus on creating future transportation solutions around e-mobility that would be sustainable and affordable was the focus. This especially holds good in a market like India that is highly price sensitive.
Challenges in the form of environmental, infrastructural and investment conditions, and limitations are aplenty and unique to the sub-continent. Therefore, frugal engineering, combined with building global levels of competency for e-mobility development is of the utmost importance. In addition, the need for more collaborative, open and agile forms of overall electric vehicle development, with the change in mind-set of teams within organisations to work together is also integral, felt numerous participants.
While companies showcased various tools, solutions and technologies for the development of vehicle electrification, a common factor that was discussed was in collaborative work that needs to be carried out between the engineering and various other teams of an organisation. The future of mobility globally, as well as for India will be electrified, with the question being what type of electrification is to be considered for adoption. While pure battery EVs may be the route for two-wheelers, three-wheelers and buses, other forms of transportation may consider hybridisation systems.