New Delhi: India has unique mobility needs. Unlike China, which runs electric mopeds, the people in India carry huge amounts of weight on their motorcycles, said Wicher Kist, CEO, Saietta as part of the first-ever Simulation & Testing Virtual Congress, organised by ETAuto on Wednesday. Considering that majority of the motorcycles purchased in India are in the range of 110cc, we need to find a solution to create a dielectric motorcycle with enough power that can meet the customer’s needs of boosting its ability to lift, he stated.
“Motorcycles lesser than 110cc will not work for India because of the prevalent road conditions, while the bigger ones will be too expensive,” Kist explained while adding that this fact alone makes India an interesting market segment to go electric.
Being the largest motorcycle selling country in the world, India sells over 20 million motorcycles alone. These are light, affordable and take less space, however they are run on petrol which is a substantial polluter. “We must create a business model of battery subscription that costs less than fuel consumption,” Kist said.
Create a business model of battery subscription that costs less than fuel consumption~
Citing a Taiwanese success story, Kist explained that battery swapping services can be made available with 24/7 docking stations. Customers can deplete their batteries while flashing their subscription card in less than a minute. “Together with Panasonic, Gogora made this possible by developing 1.3 kWh batteries, having the size of about 10 kg”.We can make it work for a 10 kW motorcycle as well, by using design and simulation. It is possible in India, with government support and other technology captains of the industry. This is necessary because battery cost is going to be expensive atleast for another 5-10 years, he said.
The powertrain expert further noted that simulation & testing will not just help us during the coronavirus contagion but to reduce the time and cost in the market going forward. “Simulation has been used for EVs for many years now. The concept can be used to test and compare performance with battery capacities and predict Real Energy Consumption.”
Terming the Covid-19 scenario as a preview for our future, he remarked that globally, this is the tipping point to go electric for lightweight mobility. “L3e A1 motorcycle category needs to be made electric. We must start now. For India, 60 million units is the estimation, within a timeline of few years.”