Powertrain topologies for 2 wheelers : From ICE to Electrification
To be published on November 21, 2019 by SAE International in United States
Event: NuGen Summit
As Battery cost is expected to see a Downward trend, Electrification of Powertrain in general is expected to pick up and 2wheeler Market is foreseen to be the Flag bearer in this race towards Electrification. In this paper, we would like to emphasize on the Journey of 2wheelers from Conventional Internal combustion Engine to Electrified Powertrains which we foresee in the future. Methodology: EV - Analysis of OEM strategies and upcoming trends in connectivity and electrification. Estimation of current market size of 2Wheeler and segmentation based on different personas. Building survey data based personas around ownership patterns for electric 2Wheelers. Mapping consumer decision process for electric 2Wheelers. Analyse the decision influencers and role of influencers in decision making process. Hybrid - Analysis of different hybrid topologies. Feasibility study via simulation and focus group assessments to evaluate the design. PoC will also be tried to validate the concept. Analysis of real data with simulated results will be done to infer potential of the concept. Results: We are trying to understand the mobility demand and the causes for the creation of this demand. The factors which influence the necessity, evolution and utilization of the various options and how they have evolved from traditional ICE engines to electrified powertrains. We want to also validate our hypothesis with consumer data for decision making process and what is the perceived future. We also want to evaluate technical feasibility and viability of business models with the expected innovations and disruptions that might shape the future. Limitations of this study: Secondary source of data will be used for deriving results which might differ in different segments based on factors like geography, population density, infrastructure availability and hence cannot be generalized. Technical feasibility will be evaluated with PoC and not as a final product which can be offered. What does the paper offer that is new in the field in comparison to other works of the author. The paper focuses on the evolution of 2Wheeler segment which has increased as a potential market for technical innovations. The shift of focus from technology companies heavily focused on passenger and commercial cars in the past to 2wheeler has been a positive sign for the market potential and such analysis with respect to evolution is not yet captured. Conclusion: With the market potential increasing rapidly, the focus in this segment adds to being more agile to adapt to emerging trends. The analysis will help in understanding consumer behaviour with this emerging trends and align them to derive future strategies in the 2Wheeler segment.