VIT and PSG College of Technology Team Up With Loughborough University To Build EVs for Warmer Climate

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  • In warmer climates like in India, lithium-ion batteries wear out faster and last for only two to three years before the getting replaced
  • This project will use a conventional Indian vehicle as their test-bed and convert it into an electrically propelled vehicle

Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) and PSG College of Technology have collaborated with scholars from Loughborough University in England on a project to build electric vehicles that will be apt for operation in warmer climate.

Professor Rui Chen, Professor Jin Xuan and Ashley Fly of the University’s School of aeronautical, automotive, chemical and materials engineering have been funded to take part in the project.

Use cooling systems and phase change materials

Lithium-ion batteries have an ideal operating temperature of 25 degree Celsius which creates a problem for Indian electric vehicles ( EVs) as temperature here is frequently above 30 degree Celsius reaching high forties as well. This causes the lithium-ion batteries to wear out faster and last for only two to three years before the getting replaced.

This project will use a conventional Indian vehicle as their test-bed and convert it into an electrically propelled vehicle. It will then test it for various solutions. Vellore Institute of Technology and PSG College of Technology will use an environmental chamber to replicate the stress conditions necessary while using cooling systems and phase change materials. This will be done to create a drivetrain that can work in the Indian climate