ISRO showcases Solar Hybrid Electric car

ISRO showcases Solar Hybrid Electric car
author image Nikhil Puthran
Tuesday 02 May 2017, 16:12 PM

The Department of Space Indian Space and Research Organisation (ISRO) has demonstrated a solar powered hybrid electric car. This is the space organisation’s first foray into the world of automobiles. The car used as the project vehicle here is an Omni van from Maruti Suzuki, powered by Lithium ion batteries. The vehicle gets a solar panel on the roof which charges the battery on the go.

The vehicle is powered by high energy density lithium ion batteries which are connected across high power density super-capacitors. The battery delivers the sustained energy requirement while the super-capacitor supports peak power demand during high torque conditions. This arrangement of power sharing helps in enhancing the life of power-restricted batteries. ISRO claims that associated safety aspect has not been compromised while combining various active subsystems of different behaviour for a focused objective.

Unlike fossil fuels which place environment and all other forms of life in jeopardy, the solar hybrid technology vehicle offers clean and safe transportation system. The solar panel on the rooftop absorbs sunlight to charge the battery. In order to convert the electrical energy to mechanical energy, an efficient power conversion module has been integrated between the energy system and electric motor. The Brushless type motor in the vehicle offered is not just light in weight but also offers more torque with less energy input.

These fresh developments by ISRO comes at a time when most leading automakers in India have been working on introducing a hybrid version. This research data might prove beneficial for automakers as the government has already been incentivising electric vehicles in the country.

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