With EV being next-generation vehicles, where demand is increasing every day, NMAMIT, Nitte has taken a lead to innovate them. On explaining how it was transformed from combustible fuel to electric, project mentor, Suryanarayana K said that power electronic converters designed and developed by the team successfully drive the electric motor and charge the battery array of the vehicle. Niranjan N Chiplunkar, principal, NMAMIT launched this electric car at the premises recently and appreciated the efforts of the team.
Suryanarayana further explained that microcontroller unit designed and developed in the Research and Innovation Centre of the institute controls the electric vehicle with Semikron power electronic stack, array of 25 batteries of 12V, 45Ah each, and a three-phase 7.5HP induction motor. The team has not only developed a microcontroller system with algorithms and required controls but also has designed a battery charging circuitry. Consistent endeavours of the team for about nine months in converting the engineering theory into practice resulted in the successful execution of the electric vehicle with the attained performance figures of a peak speed of 50kmph and estimated the distance of 80kms with the batteries fully charged.
Principal and the project mentor expressed indebtedness to the president of Nitte Education Trust N Vinaya Hegde for encouraging research culture in the campus.