The Scientists of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), ISRO, Thiruvananthapuram, demonstrated the running of a solar hybrid electric car using in-house expertise and resources within ISRO. They have literally converted a Petrol Maruti Suzuki Omni van to a hybrid electric car and had a successful test run within the campus.
The technologies that went into the vehicle were all developed in-house. These include the battery, Super-capacitor, Solar panel, control electronics for battery charging, drive electronics between energy source & an electric motor and power transmission from the motor to wheel through the gear set.
ISRO placed a high-efficiency solar panel on the roof of the car and used a super-capacitor to meet the high peak current of beyond 100 Amp. The solar panel charges the batteries that drive a modified lightweight brushless electric motor that sits in place of the petrol engine.
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Unlike fossil fuels which place environment and all other forms of life in jeopardy, the solar hybrid technology vehicle offers clean and safe transportation system. The solar panel on the rooftop absorbs sunlight to charge the battery. These fresh developments by ISRO
These fresh developments by ISRO come at a time when most leading automakers in India have been working on introducing a hybrid version. This research data might prove beneficial for automakers as the government has already been incentivizing electric vehicles in the country.