The first Asian Powertrain Conference (APC) 2018, the first thematic event organised by AutoParts Asia Magazine, at Hotel Hyatt Regency, Chennai, India on November 15,16, 2018, was a big success.  Around 150 delegates from vehicle manufacturers, suppliers and allied industries from across India and abroad have participated in the conference. The THEME for the Conference was “Challenges in Powertrain Development to meet Emerging Regulations and Manage the Depleting Fossil Fuel.” Karin Stoll, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, has inaugurated the event. As many as 25 high-profile speakers deliberated on various topics in eight technical-rich sessions of the conference.

“Germany is India’s largest trade partner in the European Union. Currently, 1700 German companies are operating in India. Not only the large corporates but even Medium and Small size companies have a presence in India. In the automotive segment, eight patents are filed every day which is the highest in the world. Germany is an expert in the high-end automotive segment,” Karin Stoll said during her inaugural address.

Dr V Sumantran, Chairman, Celeris Technologies & co-author of the book ‘Faster, Smarter, Greener: the Future of the Car and Urban Mobility’, delivered the keynote address. He predicted that with the usage of data in the automotive segment, there is likely to be ‘Data traffic jam’ in the future. He said that even with electric vehicles there will be lots of challenges.

“There will be more changes in the automotive segment in the next ten years compared to the last 100 years. The European Union started the CO2 emission monitoring in 2010. Interestingly, in 2017 the CO2 emission from a car in Europe was more than what it was in 2016. Now the Electric vehicle is in the limelight. But it will be competitive once the price of a packaging cell reduces to $100/kwh. Electrification comes with its own challenges. Batteries are very heavy and huge to pack. Hence the system weight is significant. Even with electric vehicles ‘zero’ emission is not possible, only 30-40 percent improvement can be achieved. Here also greenhouse gas emission is another challenge,” he pointed out.

Miron Thomas, Head, Volvo Penta India, said that with regulations after-treatment systems were added to the engine over the years.

“With Volvo Super Truck 88 percent freight efficiency, 70 percent fuel efficiency, 40 percent less drag, 50 percent thermal efficiency could be achieved. They are 45 percent lighter as well. If you want to improve efficiency with electric vehicles, you will have to look at the complete cycle instead of just looking at just the charging aspect. The driver has to make the difference in order to achieve driveline efficiency,” he said.

AutoParts Asia is a Global B2B magazine on Automotive Industry with an objective to Connect Suppliers Globally. AutoParts Asia, under different sections, gives every month news and news trends on the entire gamut of the automobile industry right from Vehicle and Component Manufacturers to Aftermarket players. In addition, the magazine also covers the Allied Industries – machine tools, pneumatics, hydraulics, automation, robotics, testing equipment, garage equipment, IT, software etc.

Asian Business Media (ABM) is a fast-growing media house based in Mumbai, India. ABM publishes Rubber Asia (32 years), Tyre Asia (10 years), AutoParts Asia (three years) magazines and organises Conferences and Seminars.

ACMA wants local supply base for e-mobility

Ram Venkataramani, President, Automotive Component Manufacturers Association (ACMA) has said that as India prepares for the introduction of electric mobility in the country, the association has petitioned the government for a well defined, technology agnostic road-map with clear responsibilities of each stakeholder that will go a long way in ensuring a smooth rollout as also for creation of a local supply base for e-mobility. He was delivering the inaugural address on the second day of Asian Powertrain Conference 2018. He added that such a road-map will secure the industry from any ad-hoc policy changes which at times destabilise the industry dynamics.

“Electric mobility gradually gains a foothold in India. It will also impact mobility and in such case make the conventional powertrain completely irrelevant. While this is a distant reality, we expect about 20-30 percent of the passenger vehicle and two-wheeler industry to be impacted by this. To support the changing customer needs and to stay relevant, the auto component sector needs urgent supportive government policies. ACMA is actively pursuing with the government to create a fund to support indigenous R&D in the component industry as also for technology acquisition from other parts of the world. This is indeed the need of the hour as the component industry is dominated by SMEs. A new pillar has been created in ACMA to take action in this,” Venkataramani said.