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FISITA World Automotive Congress 2018

Toyota Kirloskar Motor India had an intriguing member of the family at their booth – the Scion iQ EV. And not just any EV. This one has the e-motor from the Lexus GS 450h with a compact battery pack for enough range as a city runabout. Various wall displays also highlighted their electric and hybrid vehicle prowess as well as a lot of information about battery and energy storage solutions.

The “challenges of achieving zero” the company has identified and targeted solutions for are zero CO2 from new vehicles, followed by zero life-cycle CO2, plant emissions, minimizing water usage, establishing a recycling-based society and, finally, establishing a future society in harmony with nature.

Toyota will begin global roll-outs of Battery Electric Vehicles in earnest from 2020 with electrified versions of all vehicle models set to arrive by 2025.

Also on display at the Toyota booth were the battery pack, Power Control Unit (PCU) and the stator coil with flat copper wiring. The flat wire allows more copper to be used. The displays highlighted the need for three core components – battery pack, control electronics and e-motor – that could be used in various combinations for the necessary solution built for each intended application.


Continental Electrically heated 48 volt EMICAT catalyst

Continental EMICAT – Electrically-heated 48-volt catalyst

Continental showcased several new components primarily related to emission control – including the 48-volt heated EMICAT and variations of their honeycomb catalyst structure – believed to play no small part in the future of combustion engine emission control.


FISITA World Automotive Congress 2018

ZF showed off their state-of-the-art lightweight chassis solution called mSTARS (modular Semi-Trailing Arm Rear Suspension) that combines the axle, drive and intelligent chassis, and their Active Kinematics Control (AKC) which greatly benefits handling and agility; particularly important in large vehicles.

FISITA World Automotive Congress 2018


FISITA World Automotive Congress 2018

The Mahindra Udo two-seater concept car is an exciting future prospect of personal mobility. Earlier shown at the Auto Expo, it packs touchscreen infotainment with Bluetooth and even climate control.


FISITA World Automotive Congress 2018

Among the standouts in the expo halls was the Range Extended Electric Vehicle (REEV) concept car. The competition kicked off this past March and the finals will be held in May 2019. It gives students the opportunity to develop distruptive technologies in the area of future mobility and give us a glimpse of future cars and tech.

TEL Turbo

FISITA World Automotive Congress 2018

Making their presence felt were TEL turbo with a variety turbochargers on display. The booth featured several variations of forced induction including a basic non-wastegated turbocharger, wastegated turbocharger with boost pressure control, turbos with integrated exhaust manifold, turbos with Variable Turbine Geometry (VTG) and even their R2S turbocharger, which uses regulated two-stage charging with one low-pressure turbocharger and one high-pressure turbocharger.

Also read: Interview with Toyota’s Takashi Uehara at FISITA 2018

Also read: Interview with Jan-Oliver Röhrl ahead of FISITA 2018


About the author: Jim Gorde


Automotive Correspondent at Bike India and Car India.
Believes that learning never stops. Loves V8 engines as much as a good breakfast.
t: @BikeIndia / @CarIndia


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