IIT Delhi Opens EV Research Centre to Help India Transition to Green Transport


The centre will focus on research, design, development and analysis of electric vehicle motors and drives.

Prof V Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi,  inaugurating CART

IIT Delhi, on Friday, inaugurated the Centre for Automotive Research and Tribology (CART) with an aim to promote interdisciplinary research in electric vehicles (EVs) and its related areas.

In a press release, IIT Delhi said that their goal is to make CART an internationally recognised centre in teaching, research and technological service in the areas of electric vehicles, energy storage and monitoring, automotive health monitoring, calibration and diagnostics and tribology.

CART is born out of the Industrial Tribology, Machine Dynamics and Maintenance Engineering Centre (ITMMEC), which the institute established in 1978 with Norwegian collaboration to focus on industry-oriented research.

Through CART, IIT Delhi wants to build a strong collaboration among various industries, research labs and universities in India and abroad to carry out cutting edge research in the area of automotive research and tribology along with offering Post Graduate programmes.

According to the press release, one-third of its faculty would be adjunct faculty with current industry affiliation.

CART’s focused research areas will include:

  • Design, development and analysis of electric vehicle motors and drives.
  • Optimal sizing and design of battery packs, power train and chargers for on board electric vehicles.
  • Automotive health monitoring and development of Battery Management System (BMS).
  • Design, development, analysis and testing of suitable power converter topology (AC-DC, DC-AC and DC-DC) and controller for various applications like V2G, G2V capability, operation of Electronic Loads and others.
  • Ancillary services and Demand Side Management (DSM) with electric vehicles.
  • Development of smart and secure infrastructure for charging station, battery health monitoring, etc.
  • Development of tribo-material, tribo-dynamics, studies of bulk material handling, NVH and condition monitoring, reliability and maintenance, design and performance of tribological elements.

“Electric vehicles are going to become mainstream mode of transport, not just in India, but worldwide, in the next 5-7 years,” said Prof V Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi.

He added, “IIT Delhi is in the process of building a world class center in this very important area, which will not only help the country transition to more environmentally friendly transport options but will also play a role at the global level by contributing to these technologies.”

Prof B K Panigrahi from the Department of Electrical Engineering has been appointed as the first Head of CART.

Other departments and centres of IIT Delhi, which will be playing a key role in the interdisciplinary research along with CART include Electrical Engineering, Center for Energy Studies, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Computer Science & Engineering.