Mahindra Electric has unveiled its technology and product roadmap with regards to the next generation of electric vehicles, which the company internally refers to as EV 2.0. This roadmap includes the company’s decision to invest in globally-competitive EV technology solutions, to deliver longer range and higher speeds, along with newer connected car technologies. Mahindra electric said it will also add new products to its portfolio.
EV 2.0 will see the company making investments to ramp up manufacturing and charging infrastructure and to develop new, high-end electric powertrains, motor controllers, systems integration and battery technologies. Mahindra noted that it is actively engaging with EV ecosystem stakeholders, both private and public, to drive faster adoption of EVs. This includes setting up of charging infrastructure and fleet operations, and delivering mobility as a service. Additionally, connected car solutions that have already been rolled out will serve as building blocks for smart mobility in select cities.
Dr Pawan Goenka, Managing Director, M&M Ltd and Chairman, Mahindra Electric, said, the time has arrived for EVs to go mainstream and that the company has the right technology and products for India. He added that the company will actively engage with the Government, both at the Centre and State levels, municipal bodies and other private players for setting up a robust EV ecosystem. ‘We are ramping up our investments towards developing the next generation of EV technologies and products that will cater to the smart cities of tomorrow,’ said Dr Goenka. ‘With EV 2.0 we have laid out a clear roadmap for electric mobility in India, at par with our global counterparts, and are ready to set out for the next phase of our EV journey,’ added Mahesh Babu, CEO, Mahindra Electric.
New Alliances Formed For AD, Connected Car Tech
In a bid to keep up with connected car and autonomous vehicle technologies, vehicle manufacturers and tech outfits are forming new alliances for ongoing R&D in this area. Minda iConnect and Microsoft India recently announced a strategic collaboration to drive connected vehicle technologies in India. The two companies aim to enhance in-vehicle connectivity and efficiency to provide an enriched driving experience. Microsoft will help Uno Minda develop technologies that will bring together artificial intelligence (AI), advanced machine learning, and IoT capabilities on the Microsoft Azure cloud, which will help create a highly personalised, smart and safe driving experience for vehicle owners. As part of this collaboration, Microsoft and Minda will work on technologies for both the PV and CV segments, and some of the key development areas in the next two years will include real time benchmarking of driving behaviour, real time coaching, vehicle to vehicle (V2V) and vehicle to infrastructure (V2X) communication.
Another recently announced alliance is between BMW, Intel, Mobileye and Delphi, for the development of autonomous cars. The companies will jointly be working as development partners and system integrators for their autonomous driving platform. The partners will jointly deploy a cooperation model to deliver and scale the developed solutions to various automotive OEMs.
Finally, there’s the recent announcement from ZF and Faurecia, regarding their new strategic partnership for the development of disruptive and differentiating interior and safety technologies for autonomous driving. The two companies will identify and develop innovative safety and interior solutions linked to different potential occupant positions, within this advanced engineering partnership. This collaboration will be based on shared expertise and competencies and will involve no capital exchange.
Delphi Powertrain Business To Be Separate Entity
Delphi Automotive PLC has announced that it intends to execute a spin-off of its Powertrain Systems segment into a new, independent company and it plans to complete this divestiture by March 2018, subject to market, regulatory and other conditions. Timothy Manganello, currently an independent Director on the Delphi Board, will become non-executive chairman of the new Powertrain Company’s board of directors, while Liam Butterworth, currently Senior Vice President and President, Powertrain Systems, will become President and CEO of the new entity.
The convergence of technologies underpinning industry megatrends is driving greater demand for advanced electronics and increased computing power, to meet consumer preferences for more safety, efficiency, and connectivity, the company said. The company noted that once this proposed spin-off is done, its Advanced Connectivity, Autonomy and Mobility (E/EA and E&S) segment will remain a global technology leader.
The powertrain segment is a global technology leader focused on optimising vehicle propulsion systems by enhancing environmental efficiency and vehicle performance. Its portfolio of advanced propulsion technologies benefits from increasingly stringent regulatory standards and demands for increased fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions.
CVF 2017 Edition Organised In Pune
The Commercial Vehicle Forum (CVF) 2017 was held for the second time on 18 May in Pune. The forum discussed a wide range of topics with five panel discussions, providing a diverse agenda and covering a range of topics from IoT & telematics, fleet management & future of mobility, sourcing & cost management to the use of advanced automotive manufacturing technologies & emergence of India as a CV production and export hub. Presentations were made on 3D printing technology, road safety and rubber technology, to discuss the importance of design elements and safety aspects in the commercial vehicle space.
In his keynote speech, Nalin Mehta, MD & CEO – Mahindra Truck & Bus, focused on topics pertaining to the CV ecosystem. He spoke about the impact of GST, likely scrappage policy, modernisation of tolls and highlighted the need to go digital and green and mentioned how 3D printing will disrupt the supply chain dynamics. “When I think of Load and Passenger Segment I think Green is the New Gold – In future Mobility we have to be eco-friendly,” he added.
Erich Nesselhauf, MD & CEO, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles Pvt Ltd, highlighted the importance of creating a pool of trained drivers to make that basic change in the way the industry operates and to make it efficient. He also discussed the need to focus on ergonomics in trucks and need to provide good air conditioned cabins. “A comfortable truck driver is a safe driver and we have been working towards this end for a long time now,” he added.
World Auto Forum On IT Held In New Delhi
The World Auto Forum on IT held in New Delhi last month, brought together stakeholders from across the auto industry value chain. The forum focussed on the top IT investment drivers for the industry being big data, security, IOT, digital retailing, mobility and automotive 14.0. Next generation ERPs formed the basis of the first panel discussion and highlighted the importance of end-to-end solutions from suppliers to dealers. Airing his views on the topic, Chandan Chowdhury, VP Global Affairs & Business Development, Dassault Systemes, mentioned that if best practices in companies become static, they would surely get disrupted by rivals, and that next gen ERP should be Cloud and mobile friendly with intelligence.
The session delved into the need for availability of detailed analytics for different users in next gen ERP and how technology is evolving based on changing needs of the market and not merely for the sake of evolution. However, with the global focus gradually shifting towards autonomous vehicles, a need was felt to make auto software and connected vehicles more secure through innovative solutions. This could be achieved in due course of time, given that autonomous technology is yet to be holistically integrated and delivered to the end customers.
Highlighting the current predicament of the industry, Deepangshu D Sarmah, Editor-In-chief, Auto Tech Review, spoke about the hacking incident from 2015, involving a Grand Jeep Cherokee. The hackers got vehicle access through an open port in the entertainment System and thus controlled HVAC, steering, brakes and transmission systems of the vehicle. This incident led to development of new security standards like the J3016 Guidebook on CyberSecurity by SAE. This incident reiterated the vulnerability of millions of vehicles on road and the importance of cyber security.
iCAT Organises International Seminar iNVH-2017 In Manesar
iCAT organised an international seminar-cum-workshop on automotive Noise, Vibration and Harshness (iNVH) on 11-12 May, 2017 at iCAT, Manesar. With the iNVH seminar-cum-workshop series, iCAT aimed at creating awareness and providing a platform for exchange of information to cater to the needs of professionals and academia, with the involvement of leading experts in the field. This event was the fourth in a series of biennial training programs on Automotive NVH, organised by iCAT to discuss the future development of automotive NVH technology.
The seminar-cum-workshop was attended by delegates from different verticals of the automotive industry and lay emphasis on the role of technology adoption in improving NVH levels in vehicles. The sessions during the event focused upon various research and development activities, industry practices, testing methodologies and standards, and regulatory and commercial aspects. The event also included a panel discussion on ‘Technical solutions to NVH problems facing the Indian industry’. The session was aimed to provide a platform for the participants to interact and discuss the basics of NVH technology, problem solving strategies on NVH to give them a global perspective on current trends in the field of NVH.
Another issue discussed during the seminar was critical to automotive NVH, was through an overview of vehicles NVH issues and challenges in design, buzz, squeak and rattle development challenges for Indian OEM’s, tractor power train NVH refinement through simulation driven optimisation approach and the importance of NVH software in Indian industry among others. Along with these, case studies were also presented during the event on the topics being spoken on in the event.