Innovation at IILM is at par and here is the live example of it. IILM students have designed Hybrid Electric vehicle to offer a sustainable solution to growing energy needs of the world.
The worldwide automobile industry is on the verge of major structural change which is largely due to growing concern for environment followed by energy security and advancements in technologies. The Indian automobile industry is one of the largest growing industries across the globe and contributes largely to the country’s manufacturing facilities. In addition, the automotive industry in India is further expected to pull up with the production of Electric Vehicles. However, the electric vehicle industry in India is still at the infancy stage as compared with other international markets such as US, China, and Europe etc.
The emerging threat of global warming, the ever-increasing fuel prices, excessive dependency on fossil fuels and driving trends are the major reasons which have accelerated the development of Electric Vehicles (EVs). Electric vehicles are self-propelling electric motors or transportation machines for goods as well as passengers, utilizing the power stored in the batteries with the help of both internal combustion engine or via electric motors or electric motors working in tandem. Electric vehicles are considered to be the vehicles of the future and are largely likely to make conventional vehicles obsolete.
Students of IILM CET have undertaken a project of making a Hybrid Electric Vehicle that can run using electric power and uses solar energy as an alternate source for charging the batteries. The project was initiated keeping in mind the future demand of the cleaner and environment-friendly means of transport. The project is a technology demonstrator and can be improved further.
Design of Hybrid Electric Vehicle
The Chassis of the vehicle is of Mild Steel (MS), and it is designed in such a way so that it can easily sustain the curb weight of six people which is taken as a standard 70Kg. FEM (Finite Element Method) analysis of the Chassis was also carried out and it was found a fit. Body’s design was kept simple so that it can easily house the batteries, its controller and can easily hold the solar panel on its roof.
Specifications of Hybrid Electric Vehicle
Length: 220 cm
Width: 116 cm
Height: 196 cm
Ground Clearance: 150 mm
Weight: 256 Kg
Speed: 30 – 35 Km/h
Range: 30 Km
The vehicle was tested with four adults sitting at a maximum speed of about 30Km/h and total Kms covered was 15 Kms. The result obtained was satisfactory.
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