A hybrid auto engine made by two Indian companies and expected to reduce fuel consumption in light vehicles by 35%, will be ready for commercial launch within 18 months. The product from a joint venture of Bharat Forge and KPIT Cummins is being tested in 200 vehicles, said Amit Kalyani, executive director Bharat Forge.
The JV awaits approval from the ministry of road transports and highways for commercial launch of the product. These hybrid systems, which can be retrofitted in small cars and light commercial vehicles will reduce fuel consumption by 35%, claims Kalyani. These hybrid engines will cost Rs 1,00,000 to Rs 1,50,000.
The hybrid solution branded as — ‘Revolo’ — is a plug-in, parallel, full-hybrid solution designed and engineered by KPIT Cummins, a product engineering and IT consulting firm.
Two years ago, the companies formed a joint venture to market this hybrid system to vehicle manufacturers, fleet operators and individual vehicle owners.
Kalyani said Revolo is being tested on small cars and light commercial vehicles. “Automotive Research Association of India has tested the product,” he said. These hybrid systems can be used in both diesel and petrol vehicles.