December 29, 2011

TVS Motor Company develops green technology which enhances fuel efficiency

TVS Motor Company announced the development of a new technology that will enhance fuel efficiency by as much as 20 per cent when compared to the conventional technology deployed today.

This new technology, termed 'TVS Automatic Transmission',
developed by TVS Motor Company, employs a Automatic Transmission in place of conventional Continuously Variable Transmission Technology (CVT) which changes gears effortlessly through electronic control, automatically selecting the gear ratios for a particular riding condition. This enables the engine to run at its most efficient RPM (Revolutions Per Minute) for a range of vehicle operating conditions, thereby maximizing the engine performance to achieve peak efficiency; overriding the requirement of a clutch.

Commenting on the development, Harne Vinay Chandrakant, President, New Product Development, TVS Motor Company said, “The objective of this technology development is to deliver a compact engine layout, that will deliver enhanced fuel efficiency and which is usable across product forms like scooter, motorcycles and step-thru’ s. This technology also delivers the lowest CO2 in scooters while providing for low-floor board and space for luggage.”

Elaborating on the technology, Harne Vinay Chandrakant said, “We have developed this technology on a highly innovative vehicle layout with compact packaging and light weight construction presently with a 110 cc 4-stroke engine with two Independent, high precision actuators for the clutch and gear shift operations, mounted directly on the engine itself. The characteristics of the actuators are specifically optimised for low power consumption and frequent gear changes while driving in dense traffic.”

The company has added an innovative ECU (Electronic Control Unit) which enhances the performance and fuel economy, giving greater convenience of riding.

“An advanced cooling arrangement, which is based on the vehicle motion itself, avoids use of engine driven fan, thus minimising the additional consumption of fuel. The improvement in engine efficiency is derived through friction reduction and multi map electronic ignition control, while transmission efficiency is boosted through the new ‘TVS Automatic Transmission’ technology." adds Harne Vinay Chandrakant.


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