India poses challenges and opportunities in the area of electric mobility; Vitesco analysing market to identify how demand for small volumes can be supported
Vitesco Technologies, the newly spun-off powertrain business of Continental is looking at focusing on the electric future of mobility, with innovations in electrified drive systems. The company had announced it is decreasing investment in hydraulic components such as injectors and high-pressure pumps. The reason for the carve-out of the powertrain division was because of the swiftly-changing market environment from region to region due to more stringent exhaust emission regulations globally. The organisational independence is expected to give Vitesco Technologies the required entrepreneurial scope to respond promptly and individually to the wide range of requirements.
Vitesco Technologies is putting more focus on the electric future of mobility due to tightening political targets that are leading to an increasingly-disruptive market in which future technologies are determined by regulations. The company said that it is convinced that the future of transportation is clearly electric. It also recently announced that it has cuts costs for plug-in hybrid powertrains, which include hybrid transmission with integrated electric motors. The expanded role for electric motors results in vastly simplified transmission architecture and reduced costs, with the solutions enabling energy-saving, high-voltage hybrid vehicles to be customised for the mass market.
At iTEC India 2019, Vitesco Technologies reiterated that EVs and HEVs are focus areas for the company, which is aligned with the global trend for mobility. India poses challenges and opportunities in the area of electric mobility, and the company’s Technical Centre India is working on global development for such clean mobility systems. In terms of offering specific e-mobility solutions for the Indian market, Vitesco noted that it is analysing the market to see how the demand for small volumes can be supported effectively. While localisation is a demand of the market, there also needs to be a business case in carrying out localising of product manufacturing.
The company said that it expects 25-30 % of the entire vehicle population to be electrified by 2030 in India, consisting of both HEVs and EVs. The challenge, however, will be to address the specific Indian requirement with regards to specifications and affordability. Specific local development of systems and solutions could be the way out to address this issue. In addition, Vitesco Technologies is working on creating the apt products and technologies for two-wheeler electrification, while watching the market for upcoming regulations. The company is also trying to develop electrification capabilities in terms of engineering competence, as well as work on developing appropriate curriculum in colleges for future.