Bengaluru-based Automobile component maker SEG Automotive has introduced an efficient answer to reduce pollution by decreasing fuel consumption and help OEMs reach the new, more stringent CAFC goals defined by the Indian government. The company aims to achieve this with the help of its new SC60 start-stop motor system which automatically switches off the engine if the vehicle comes to a stop and the driver puts the gear into neutral, for example at a traffic light. For cars with automatic transmission, just pressed brake pedal and vehicle standstill is required. As soon as the driver presses the clutch again or in case of automatic transmission releases the brake, the engine is re-started automatically.
"The new SC60 Start/Stop starter motor is developed specifically with the Indian market in mind for smaller combustion engines and is amongst the smallest of its kind in the world and able to fit in compact cars, yet it provides up to 1.2kW starting power," states Anil Kumar M R, Managing Director, SEG Automotive India.
The Start/Stop works conveniently in the background, and evaluates a wide array of sensor information before being activated. For instance, a battery sensor determines the battery's level of charge; only if a quick restart is guaranteed, the engine will be switched off when the vehicle is stopped. Additionally, if the cabin temperature is too cold or too hot, the engine will continue to run to more quickly achieve the occupants' desired temperature. Finally, there is a DC/DC converter for stabilizing the voltage of the electrical system during starts to ensure that the radio, navigation system, or hands-free telephone operate without any interference or interruption.
He added, "It was premiered in India recently by both Indian and international OEMs, with the development and application engineering happening in close cooperation between central R&D in Germany and the local team in Bangalore. The SC60 is an efficient answer to reduce pollution by decreasing fuel consumption and help OEMs reach the new, more stringent CAFC goals defined by the Indian government."
Moreover, the company also offers advanced Start/Stop system that also turns off the engine when the vehicle is coasting to a stop and is already at low vehicle speed. Depending on the style of driving and the traffic conditions, the advanced Start/Stop system from SEG Automotive can save up to 10 per cent of total fuel consumption.
According to the company, the Indian passenger car market is growing rapidly, increasing by 9 per cent to 3.6 million cars in 2017. With a market penetration of just over 50 cars per 1000 inhabitants, there is still potential for immense growth and conversely, a great responsibility to make motorization as environmentally friendly as possible.