Ashok Leyland has joined hands with researchers at the National Centre for Combustion Research and Development (NCCRD) for the development and commercialization of a ‘swirl mesh lean direct injection (LDI) system’ for developing hybrid electrical vehicles using turbine technology. Ashok Leyland is a flagship company of the Hinduja group and a leading commercial vehicle manufacturer. NCCRD is an arm of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.
Key Points related to the Development of Hybrid EVS Using Turbine Tech
- IIT Madras is developing an indigenously-designed micro gas turbine, whose core is a patented combustion technology called a ‘swirl mesh lean direct injection system’.
- The main power train will be the electric motor, but the onboard power will be generated by the micro gas turbine.
- These micro gas turbines will be developed jointly by NCCRD and Aerostrovilos Energy.
- The micro gas turbine will replace the large battery systems.
- Ashok Leyland has signed a letter of support to develop it for heavy vehicles with NCCRD, IIT Madras.
- Ashok Leyland has handed over to NCCRD a nine-meter passenger electric bus.
- Micro gas turbines have significant features as a technology that will extend fuel combustion beyond traditional IC engines and provide for more efficient performance and multi-fuel capability.