IIT-Madras and Ashok Leyland have teamed up to develop a series of hybrid Electric Vehicles (EVs) using turbine technology.
What’s it about? Researchers at National Centre for Combustion Research and Development (NCCRD) helped develop the Swirl Mesh Lean Direct Injection (LDI) system technology to develop hybrid EVs using turbine technology. The advantages of this technology are low emissions, multiple fuel capabilities, and an overall low cost of ownership.
- Researchers are developing an indigenously-designed Micro Gas Turbine. The core of it is the patented combustion technology Swirl Mesh LDI.
- The main power train will be the electric motors. The onboard power will be generated by the turbine, developed by NCCRD and Aerostrovilos Energy, an IITM-incubated startup.
Who said what? Dr N Saravanan from Ashok Leyland said this technology holds promise as it goes beyond traditional internal combustion engines for more fuel efficiency and performance. Prof. Sathya Chakravarthy from NCCRD said this shows the institute’s conviction to work with the industry on innovative technology for societal impact.