A small team at Maruti R&D has been preparing for this mega event since last eighteen months. Of course this was not for any medal wining competition. Our given target was to provide a fleet of environment friendly vehicles including hybrid and electric options to CWG 2010. I worked on design & packaging activities of these vehicles with my colleagues.
SX4 was chosen to make it a parallel hybrid electric vehicle (HEV). It means the vehicle can be driven from a petrol engine (1.2L) as well as from an electric motor(50KW) (providing zero emission) and also as combined power source i.e. engine+e-motor.
Such kinds of hybrid vehicles are available in the world from very few manufactures. E.g. Toyota Prius, Honda insight hybrid etc.
Even our parent company
This vehicle is very fun to drive because it has pure I/C engine drive, E-drive, boosting with e-motor while combined drive and regenerative braking. Also due to having an AMT(Automatic manual transmission) you don’t need to pull gear shifter and there is no clutch paddle in this vehicle.
Finally the hybrid version of SX4 has achieved 30% more fuel economy than SX4 petrol version car with 1.6L engine.
Maruti Van ‘EECO’ was planed to redesign as an electric variant. As named electric, this vehicle runs from an electric motor taking electric energy from a Li-ion battery. The battery can be charged from household electric socket through an external charger. After full charging the vehicle can be driven 120km continuously. It does not have any combustion engine, so it does not make any pollution at traffic.
Finally a fleet of ten hybrids and three EVs were demonstrated at CWG 2010. It was driven on