ARAI sets up India's first green mobility centre in Chakan (Pune) within 18 months

Published On : 03 March 2020
By Tarashekhar Padhy

The Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) in consonance with the Centre's National Electric Mobility Mission Plan has found out India's first 'Centre of Excellence' of green mobility at Chakan (Pune), wherein testing of all categories of electrical and hybrid vehicles are often tested and developed.

The green mobility centre, completed after an investment of Rs 100 crore within 18 months, was inaugurated by Minister of State, Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Government of India, Arjun Ram Meghwal last week. Testing and development of charging stations catering to all or any sorts of vehicles also can be undertaken at the centre. All electric and hybrid vehicles —œ in any condition —œ are often tested at ARAI's accredited and advanced laboratories. The centre is additionally equipped with the engine test facilities suitable for emission certification/development testing of the automotive, tractor, CEV engine —œ for engine power starting from 20 kW to 500 kW.

The centre will provide support to varied comprehensive testing and development of green mobility solutions. The centre has been established in association with the Department of Heavy Industries (DHI) and Fame India Scheme.

“Technology will not stop evolving, and it will be the work of the technocrats to take it ahead. If India wants to be a leader in the 21st century then it will have to adapt its technology. Optimum utilisation of technology should be our focus. At the same time, technology should not disturb our geographical, economical and population systems and should work in accordance," said Meghwal after inaugurating the facility.

E-motor workplace of 30 kW, 150kW and 250 kW, catering to all or any vehicle types can test, verify and validate functionality, reliability and endurance alongside cold start performance measurements in real operating conditions. Battery Emulators with 100 kW and 250 kW facilitate emulation of varied battery chemistries and act as A battery pack for electric vehicles while testing on a chassis dynamometer.

Battery Test System can test the sturdiness and performance of battery cells, modules and packs alongside characterisation and testing of super caps, nickel-metal hydride and lithium-ion batteries. Entire semi-anechoic EMC chambers for cars combined with latest chassis dynamo-meters are also set-up to trial, test and design EMC coherence of all categories of BS-VI vehicles.