Mahindra packs learning from Formula E into a road car

Mahindra & Mahindra (M & M) is the only Indian automaker to participate in Formula E, an all-electric global racing format, since the Mahindra Racing Team was founded in 2014, from dealing with electric propulsion. study.

The company’s 2021 season race car, the M7 Electro, is equipped with an all-new electric drivetrain developed by the world-class Tier 1 giant ZF, avoiding pandemic challenges. But after seven years of “investing” in the championship, Indian automakers are ready to take advantage of Mahindra Racing’s insights to develop new road-going cars.

Dilbagh Gill, CEO and Team Principal of Mahindra Racing, said in the next interview: Autocar India.This understanding allows parent M & M to leverage their know-how and implement it in new products. For example, the all-new Mahindra XUV700, which uses composite tailgates instead of high-strength steel to achieve significant weight savings.

Cross-sectoral synergies between Mahindra Racing and M & M’s EV development team, including the team working on the company’s Born Electric Vehicle platform at MNATC’s EV Tech Center in Detroit, also share knowledge about high-voltage safety standards. We are on track for. Electric power train.

“Traditionally, Mahindra has been working on low voltage electric vehicles from 32 to 48 volts, but when we talk about Formula E, we talk about 800V to 1,000V,” says Gill. “At each stage, the safety system begins to change, helping Mahindra set these safety standards,” he adds.

Mahindra Racing’s consistent benefits in optimizing the efficiency of electric drivetrains with software settings play an important role in helping Mahindra move from low-voltage to high-voltage EV powertrains. “Software helps increase the efficiency of commuters or performance EVs. I think this is the biggest area for electric drivetrains,” explains Gill.

Furthermore, as EVs become more widespread, driving skills will change, and drivers will switch from the traditional 3-pedal or 2-pedal style (vehicles with automatic transmissions) and eventually adopt the 1-pedal system. Brake energy recovery concept.

“We are working on a project that teaches drivers to drive more efficiently, which is very important in the case of the Indian scenario where an additional income for the last mile operator is earned for every additional distance of 5 km. We also create some simulators to help drivers learn in a compelling way.

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Mahindra packs learning from Formula E into a road car
Mahindra packs learning from Formula E into a road car Mahindra packs learning from Formula E into a road car

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