By APA Bureau:
FEV Group, the internationally recognized powertrain and vehicle engineering company has been catering to the global transportation industry. FEV has the complete range of engineering services to support customers across the globe in the design, analysis, prototyping, powertrain and transmission development, vehicle integration, calibration and homologation for advanced internal combustion powertrains using gasoline, diesel, or alternative fuels.
FEV also designs, develops and prototypes advanced vehicle / powertrain electronic control systems and hybrid-electric engine concepts that address future emission and fuel economy standards. The company has expanded its engineering capabilities to include full vehicle systems. It has broad expertise in electronics, telematics and infotainment systems engineering. The FEV Test Systems division is a global supplier of advanced test cell, instrumentation and test equipment.
FEV India’s technical centre in Pune, has built up the technical portfolio to offer BS-VI solutions to the OEMs in India. The centre offers several key services including comprehensive endurance test programmes, engine design and CAE solutions, sales and service for its customers, skilled manpower for FEV advanced test systems commissioning and operation.
In India discussions are going on about the technology options for BS-VI, to be implemented from 2020 with the conformity factor in 2023. The centre has done a number of simulations and technical demonstration projects internally and it is in an advantageous position to give solutions that could fit future requirements for emission standards. “In India, by 2020 OEMs will have to first meet BS-VI and by 2023 come to a conformity factor. So you cannot build a solution that lasts for only three years; it will have to sustain after 2023. We take a modular approach to what can be done on the engine so that it is protected beyond 2023,” Sushil Berry, Managing Director, FEV India Private Limited, told AutoParts Asia.
“We entered India in 2005 to partner Indian OEMs to help them face their technology challenges. We had a step-by-step approach, starting with the base engine development process, taking into account value engineering and reliability, to make it emission compliant. Slowly we enhanced our technical portfolio and today support them in benchmarking their products right from the vehicle level to engine thermodynamics to the component. We support them in doing the complete engineering process from the component design to the engine prototype, to vehicle integration and calibration. We developed the technical portfolio to support all these requirements locally,” he said.
India is advancing to sustainable mobility by working on the technical measures to be taken to become BS-VI compliant economically. The FEV centre demonstrated viable technologies in a mock-up engine that was shown recently at an international symposium in Pune. “For passenger cars we have the GLR 2 litre engine with low pressure EGR and for tractor applications there is DPF after-treatment. These are all examples of sustainable mobility. We are also showing examples of future mobility. At a certain point in time, electrical elements will have to be added on to powertrain technology, as our conventional mobility will be challenged, to meet emission and CO2 norms,” Berry said.
In India the transition will start with hybridisation before going for complete electrification. For this FEV has showcased a 48V battery and complete battery management system as also the dual-clutch transmission structure. “Our message is how OEMs can sustain and think of future mobility,” he said.
Europe moved from Euro-4 to Euro-6 in 11 years. India is determined to do it within four years. There is no chance for any iteration; it has to be first time right. In order to support the OEMs in this big task, the FEV centre in Pune has expanded technical facilities to include state-of-the-art engine development for vehicle applications.
“We can make vehicle prototypes and do all forms of testing including those for emission norms. For electronics and software we have built the HiL (Hardware in Loop) lab; we can do all tests on the transmission there itself without mounting it on the vehicle. About 90 percent of testing can be done at the component level before going into the vehicle,” Berry said.
The centre has ways and means to expedite some of the processes. Its test bench for the catalyst is highly technology-oriented and can give real-time data which enables the OEMs to predict precisely how the catalyst would behave in the long-run. Along with the BS-VI products and technology, FEV is also developing competencies in India. Berry said experts from Europe would be stationed in India for three years continuously. Under them teams would be developed to cope with all BS-VI challenges. “Our total staff strength is 200. Of course the whole company is completely R&D, whether we work for ourselves or the client. We now want to acquire a software company totally, with 100 people as we already have a software centre here with 22 people; we plan to ramp it up in future by bringing all resources on board and expose them to the FEV technology and groom them. Our global centre wants to develop India as a global centre for specific technical topics as we have a strong reputation in software development,” he said.
The FEV Pune centre takes up research from Germany and India. Initially everything was from Germany. Then it became 10 percent from India. Now, in some of the technologies, it is up to 90 percent Indian. With BS-VI coming in, it is expected to be 60 percent from Germany and 40 percent from India. “This year we have to get two approvals, for cost localisation to fuel this further and for the centre of excellence in software. In China we are setting up an e-mobility centre; in Pune we have a vehicle application centre for the complete chassis,” he said.
FEV had its registered office in Delhi. But it moved to Pune to be closer to its clients. The company developed engines for Tata Nano and hybrids for Mahindra Scorpio, and many more. “Our reference list from India includes work for BMW, JLR, Mercedes, Daimler and Tata,” Berry said.