Valeo will provide its 48V integrated compact electric powertrain system along with the Powertrain Control Unit for Atul Auto’s upcoming electric cargo and passenger three-wheelers. The vehicles will work with Honda’s battery swapping solutions. Many of our readers have expressed concerns questioning the suitability of 48V configuration for three-wheelers. We got in touch with Valeo India Group President & MD Mr Jayakumar G to get the company’s perspective on this matter. The excerpts of the conversation are given below:
Is the 48V configuration suited for electric 2Ws?
For typical major applications (100cc to 200cc) of L2 range of vehicles (2W > 45kph speeds), considering the system cost, the Powertrain System based on 48V is a right approach for electrification.
Is the 48V configuration suited for three-wheelers – L3/L5 range of vehicles?
Yes, the 48V configuration is suited for three-wheelers. L3 is a low-powered version. Valeo’s offering is suited for the L5 category of vehicles, and 48V is the right solution for both categories.
Can the vehicles built on 48V configuration be fast-charged?
Yes, 48 V systems can be fast charged based on vehicle configuration. Adapting to the swappable battery system could take away the whole anxiety of waiting time for charging.
What are the main advantages of 48V systems for light electric vehicles?
The 48V ecosystem has been proven and established, and therefore leveraging the same would be more cost-effective and less time-consuming vis-a-vis developing a new and separate ecosystem. Furthermore, the 48V Ecosystem is the right solution for small mobility electrification.
In India, it is about mass market 2 wheelers and 3 wheelers. 60V and above falls under the category of High Voltage and will require more safety features. With a 48V electric Powertrain system, Valeo is able to offer products with performance exceeding Internal Combustion Engines (ICE) features for mass-market 2-wheelers and 3-wheelers.
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