Schaeffler has unveiled a driveable fuel efficient concept car which the company claims has been tailored especially for Indian driving conditions
Schaeffler an automotive component major, has organised its flagship technology sharing and joint development platform called ‘Innovation Days’ for the first time in India. And to mark the occasion, the German company has unveiled a fuel efficient concept car based on the popular Maruti Suzuki Swift called the Efficient Future Mobility India vehicle.
The Efficient Future Mobility India vehicle has been fitted with an electronic clutch management which has made it possible to hook a start/stop system to the hatchback’s manual gearbox. This will help reduce fuel consumption by cutting out the engine when the vehicle is standstill at a traffic signal.
Other fuel saving techniques that have been used on the Efficient Future Mobility India vehicle are dual variable camshaft timing, coated tappets, smart thermo management and shift detection.
Schaeffler claims that all the fuel saving measures combined, the Efficient Future Mobility India vehicle concept can offer up to 10 percent reduction in fuel consumption over the standard car.
“The Efficient Future Mobility India car is the result of Schaeffler’s intensive research and development towards optimizing drive train performance according to peculiarities of driving conditions, patterns and behaviour as well as customer preferences in India. This car reflects Schaeffler’s vision for the future of drive train in emerging markets,” said Dharmesh Arora, Managing Director and CEO of Schaeffler India. “Beside that we are actively developing new concepts and technologies for the two-wheeler and commercial vehicle segment. Our recent innovations include low-friction bearings and new range of clutches for motorcycles in India,” he added.
The Efficient Future Mobility India vehicle concept features cost effective, close to volume production components that can be incorporated on standard production cars in India to improve both performance and efficiency.