Euler Motors, a Delhi NCR-based technology start-up is banking heavily on simulation and its software expertise while developing sustainable last mile transportation with electric vehicles
Modelling an EV is a pretty simple process as simulations and real time developments are close to each other, since a lesser number of components are involved as against an ICE-powered vehicle. Delhi-based startup Euler Motors is focussed on developing electric light commercial vehicles (eLCV) for sustainable last mile transportation. Auto Tech Review met Saurav Kumar, Founder and CEO, Euler Motors to delve deeper into his innovative approach towards electric vehicles and related technologies.
With commercial vehicles moving around the length and breadth of the country, it is important to simulate battery performance as frequent changing of battery is impossible to stay on the move. As we are tapping the vehicle at multiple data points and think of it as a machine learning model fit on it, it helps the company to change some of the new variables battery pack capacity, lifecycle or temperature, or payload, we can predict what kind of range it would hit and then design new battery packs with simulation, said Kumar. Euler Motors has built some of its own simulation models riding its own software expertise and has developed an electric LCV. The 500 kg payload vehicle is equipped with a 5.76 kWh lithium-ion battery that offers a range of 80-100 km. The vehicle is deployed with thermal management and charging management systems that are governed by the vehicle control unit (VCU), powered by the microprocessor for efficient resource optimisation. The VCU also sends back the data to the company, which is processed by AI-based systems to offer predictive maintenance, vehicle range optimisation as well as evaluating load conditions for temperature and humidity.
Some of the major parts still remain the same, including chassis, commercial vehicle (CV) joints and axles, but the engine, clutch and manual transmission are replaced with motors, different gearboxes and controllers. Of course, there is the bigger battery pack too. EVs offer full torque availability even at static conditions, which also makes them ideal to start with heavy payload, said Kumar. Parting ways with various ICE vehicle-based components will also enable CVs to take advantage of the reinforced chassis and battery pack build design, to lower the centre of gravity for better stability, safety during T-collision as well as avoid vehicle roll-over. Imbibing learnings from its first pilot, Euler Motors continues to develop capacities for better human-machine interaction and simplify functions for robust on-road operations.
Kumar and his team have also been exploring the possibility of using various materials such as fibre-reinforced plastic to reduce the overall vehicle kerb weight. Such materials carry similar structural rigidity as in the case of sheet metal parts, the company said. Euler Motors has drawn up plans to increase aluminium content in its vehicle as it is lightweight and offers good thermal conductivity, which is ideal for thermal management systems.