Vitesco Technologies targets Indian EV OEMs, showcases demo scooter with 48V system

Powertrain technology supplier displays its 48-volt system for electric two-wheelers with 3 to 7 kW output, equivalent up to 150cc for IC engines, for the first time in India.

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Vitesco Technologies targets Indian EV OEMs, showcases demo scooter with 48V system

Vitesco Technologies, the global supplier of advanced powertrain technologies and solutions for electric mobility, is targeting the growing Indian electric two-wheeler market for new business opportunities.

In an effort to showcase its strengths in vehicle electrification, the company has showcased its innovative solutions along with a demo version of its 48-volt system for electric light motorcycles and scooters with 3 to 7 kW output (equivalent up to 150cc for combustion engines) in India.

Vitesco had first revealed these solutions, the 48V demo scooter and also a concept hybrid motorcycle at the EICMA Show in September 2022 in Milan.

Klaus Hau, Executive Board Member and Head of Powertrain Solutions Division and Anurag Garg, Managing Director & Country Head of Vitesco Technologies India, unveiled the demo scooter at Vitesco Technologies facility in Talegaon, Pune.

"I truly believe that the future is electric, and we are excited to showcase our first 48-volt demo vehicle in India”, said Klaus Hau. “India’s automotive industry is currently undergoing what is possibly the most significant transformation in its history. E-mobility is becoming a mainstream phenomenon and our portfolio clearly focuses on global, scalable platforms for electrified vehicles. We have more than 15 years of experience in the field of electrification and currently have approximately 80% of the components required in electrified vehicles in our portfolio. Our objective is to achieve outstanding growth in electrification technologies and to expand our business,” he added.

Anurag Garg, Managing Director & Country Head of Vitesco Technologies India said: “Our aim with this concept (scooter) is to discover the vision of a new generation of EVs while also establishing standards for other e-mobility projects. Globally, we have been investing in this segment since 2006 and have successfully brought e-innovations to market for well over a decade. We will continue to enhance the efficiency and range of innovative electrification solutions for two-wheelers and powersports in India using cutting-edge technologies.”

48-volt system designed for small e-two-wheelers

Vitesco states that its 48-volt system has been designed for smaller two-wheelers, which play a central role in everyday mobility in Asian countries in particular. The company is already developing the drive system for series production in specific customer projects.

The system is controlled by an eDCU (Electric Drive Control Unit). This integrated control unit for electric drives contains both, the inverter function and additional vehicle functions. The eDCU has been developed specifically for two-wheelers containing features like multi-battery management for swappable batteries. Additionally, it ensures smart battery management making it compatible with different battery interfaces, embedded in a compact and lightweight design.

The drive unit is a compact, high-power density permanent magnet e-motor equipped with a special inductive rotor position sensor (iRPS), which is connected to the motor shaft and can be positioned differently.

The very light and compact system with magnet-less technology without rare earths is immune to low-frequency magnetic fields and can be used in an ambient temperature range of minus 40 to plus 150deg C.

EMR3: High-performance e-drive for 3- and 4-wheelers

Vitesco also displayed the EMR3 (third-generation Electronics Motor Reducer) electric axle drive, which has already proven itself in the passenger car market, as a tailored solution for high-performance three- and four-wheelers.

Vitesco's third-gen Electronics Motor Reducer electric axle drive. 

The EMR3 electric axle drive is a highly integrated, compact and lightweight unit comprising a permanent magnet synchronous motor, power electronics (inverter) and reduction gear (reducer). This unit has been standard fitment in numerous passenger car models by European and Asian manufacturers since 2019. As per Vitesco, EMR3 is “a perfect solution for the electrification of multi-track vehicles in the powersports segment such as ATVs (All-Terrain Vehicles) and SSVs (Side-by-Side Vehicles) or for e-rickshaws.”

The scalable electric drive provides up to 150 kW of power and up to 2,900 Nm of torque, weighs only 76 kilograms and its dimensions are barely larger than a carry-on case (40x35x55 cm).

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