Simple hybrid systems could be deployed when more stringent emission regulations come into effect in the future
Lucas TVS has been producing starters, dynamos & distributor products, and system solutions in automotive electricals besides specialised motors, and more recently ventured into traction motors for electric vehicles. On the sidelines of iTEC India 2019, Auto Tech Review met up with Babu KSV, Business Head – E-Mobility, Exports, Cooling Solutions, Lucas TVS Ltd, to understand the relevance of the conference as well as developments from the company.
Babu said iTEC is an important event in the overall strategy of the EV journey of Lucas TVS, with a focus on R&D and technology teams, and an influence on product development. The journey of Lucas TVS began about three years back, with potential areas to concentrate being three-wheelers and two-wheelers, in that sequence. Lucas TVS is also developing a simple hybrid system for passenger cars, which offers 6kW of power using a 48 V system. This system is said to be able to offer a 15 % boost in power in addition to an internal combustion engine. It integrates the starter motor, alternator, recuperation machine and torque booster machine. The system does not require any modification in the existing design of an internal combustion engine, and has been developed and designed entirely in India. The upcoming CAFÉ emission norms may look at this system as a solution to adhere to these regulations, noted Babu.
In the EV business, technology is very important, said Babu, adding that cost has become a prohibitive factor in their development. Lucas TVS is looking at bringing its R&D, marketing and design teams together to enhance the development of EV systems so as to bring products to market faster and at an optimal cost. In addition, Babu observed that to keep costs in check, modularity and similarity in specifications required from the market need to be maintained at least at the start of development.