Hyundai Motor India Foundation And IIT Delhi Collaborate To Support Students

CIOReviewIndia Team | Wednesday, 20 January 2021, 09:32 IST

The philanthropic wing of the renowned motor company, Hyundai Motor India signed a memorandum with IIT Delhi’s Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer (FITT) and donated a Hyundai Kona EV for enablement of NVH and battery technology research, in addition to the promotion of alternative energy powered vehicles for the students.

The MoU enlists IIT Delhi’s Centre for Automotive Research and Tribology (CART) for conducting battery profiling in the Hyundai Kona electric crossover by utilization of the external sensors and OBD connectors for understanding performance of EVs under different driving conditions.

Another unit, Cart is actively participating to conduct high-end research and development in the fields of battery electric, hybrids, autonomous and connected vehicles.

The centre of excellence was started in May 2019. It aims to collaborate with the industry for highly interdisciplinary areas of technologically advanced mobility solutions.

This draws industry researchers to be adjunct faculty at the centre for strengthening industry-academia connect for driving innovation. The centre has made headway into the fields of power electronics, drives, and storage solutions for electric vehicles.

The MD and CEO of Hyundai Motor, SS Kim, said, "We are glad to collaborate with FITT-IIT Delhi to support the research work of students of the CART. Our collaborative efforts with IIT Delhi and donation of Kona EV will provide an opportunity for students to develop insights for a greener future."

Positioned in the Top 50 research institutions in the world, IIT Delhi invested over US$ 3 million (RS. 22 crore) for setting up research centre which is scalable in the industry.

The Direcotr of IIT Delhi, Professor V Ramgopal Rao, said, “More than 20 faculty and at least 200 PhD students are working on electric mobility at IIT Delhi. IIT Delhi can offer world-class resources for industry to leverage. We want to do research that is more impactful and creates a big impact as we go forward."

He added, "IIT Delhi also has a Science and Technology cluster which has an e-mobility vertical for conducting research in this space. Government has promised big funds and also wants increasing participation of the industry in this endeavor."

The Sophisticated Analytical Technology and Help Institute (SATHI) programme of the department of Science and Technology has also developed a research facility each in IIT Delhi, Kharagpur and BHU to strengthen industry-academia relationship and offered a grant of US$ 50 million.

Rao stated, “I am happy to note that the CART at IIT Delhi shall carry out various R&D projects with Hyundai Motor India Foundation in the broad area of e-mobility. Our purpose of starting the dedicated centre for EVs - CART - was to bring an integrated vision to work on a complete system. IIT Delhi plays a very strong role in the individual aspects of innovation in power electronics and power systems.”