Electric cars are likely to get the same power specifications
CHENNAI: In an attempt to standardize the various parts of the electric vehicle ecosystem (EV), several components, including original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), have come together to define the standards. The move is primarily aimed at commercial vehicles that will be used with interchangeable objects. batteries .
OEMs, which include Mahindra and Mahindra, Lucas TVS, Okinawa, Kinetic, GEM, Ashok Leyland Exicom Amara Raja Batteries and Exide: participate in the preparation of these specifications. We have coordinated this effort and made iterations in the documents based on the comments of all the different stakeholders, he said Prabhjot Kaur , CEO of the Center for Battery Engineering and EV (C-BEEV). The center belongs to the electrical engineering department of IIT-Madras. The project is headed by the teacher. Ashok Jhunjunwala .
We do not want to make the mistakes of mobile phone companies that did not standardize chargers, etc., when it would have made sense. We will continue working to establish more common standards for the industry, Kaur
The standards are grouped into ‘Smart lock: cloud protocol of the vehicle's battery charger (or LS-VBCC).
They will act as the cornerstone for electric vehicles.
El estándar de la industria de intercambio de batteries ha sido diseñado con un grupo proveniente de diferentes segmentos: fabricantes de cargadores, OEM de vehículos, fabricantes de batteries y otras partes interesadas, dijo Kaur.
The protocol specifies the communication that will be implemented between subsystems that need to interact with each other, be it battery and vehicle, battery and charger, battery and portable device or applications and server.
The purpose of the standard is to promote interoperability between energy operators, vehicles, batteries and chargers.
This would make it agnostic to the make & model of these subsystems for an operator to procure the components. It would also be a great benefit for users to acquire or exchange the batteries and gain from the lower capital expenditure and operating expenditure and be flexible on the location of the operator across the intended area of travel.
By using the Esmito platform in C-BEEV at IIT-Madras and elsewhere, we have made several three- and two-wheel pilots using the standard exchange platform. Esmito now offers this solution as a SaaS platform for energy/fleet operators, Kaur said.
For example, the standards will involve vehicle identification number (VIN) and battery identification number (BIN) in specified formats that will help identify where the parts were produced, including if the batteries are lead acid, lithium ion or cobalt-based batteries , among others.
“We need to still have standards on batteries , chargers, in all different segments and BIS is working on these,” she said.
India has the potential to become one of the largest electric vehicle markets in the world, with the government pushing for the segment to curb pollution and reduce dependence on fossil fuel dependent on imports, says an Economic Forum report World.
The adoption of electric vehicles has been slow in the country due to the high initial costs and the life cycle. But long-term investment in research and development (R&D) will create sustained growth.
A step towards cheaper EVs is to sell the vehicles without batteries and allow the user to swap drained batteries with fully charged ones at dedicated charging stations.
For example, if a conventional EV costs Rs 14 lakh, one without battery will cost only Rs 6.5 lakh and the user can drive into a charging station and swap the batteries in the time it takes to refuel a fossil fuel vehicle.