World Environment Day 2024 | Smart technology in E-Mobility: Enhancing efficiency and sustainability – ET Auto

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Singal stresses the significance of a comprehensive strategy that integrates technology, renewable energy, and networked transportation to build a sustainable future.

New Delhi: In the current scenario of explosive technological development, the e-mobility sector is at the forefront of innovation and is radically changing the way we think about and use transportation. The integration of advanced technology increases the efficiency of EVs while significantly contributing to global sustainability initiatives. Technologies such as AI-based predictive maintenance and advanced digital systems are poised to make urban traffic cleaner and more efficient in the future.AI and IoT in E-Mobility

The potential of technologies like AI and the IoT in the transportation sector is highlighted by Nikhil Agarwal, President of CJ Darcl Logistics Ltd. “With a vision to contribute towards an environmentally conscious future, we, at CJ Darcl, are committed to incorporating and embracing sustainable practices and reducing carbon emissions through innovative solutions. Today, technologies such as IoT and AI are revolutionising the mobility industry, coupled with the effective use of Big Data, through which the automotive industry is thriving in its digital transformation towards a cleaner, lighter, and more efficient future.”

The adoption of EVs in the urban and logistical sectors is being propelled by these technologies, which facilitate real-time data analysis, optimise charging times, and enhance overall vehicle performance. The charging process can now be greatly streamlined by IoT-powered AI software, which, for example, can offer real-time charging information and optimize charging depending on weather, queue lengths, and station availability.

Urban mobility and logistics

Urban transportation and logistics are being revolutionised by smart mobility technologies like Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and Mobility on Demand (MoD), which provide convenient and environmentally friendly alternatives. “These innovations are improving user/customer experiences and contributing to a cleaner environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Agarwal. The digitalisation of the automotive industry integrates advanced technologies like smart materials and digital twins, making the EV sector smarter and more efficient.

Sustainability initiatives

As an example of a company that takes a comprehensive approach to sustainability, Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) incorporates eco-friendly practices into all facets of its business operations. “At Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL), we believe in a holistic approach towards ESG and sustainability, by inculcating best practices in our operations and our social welfare initiatives to achieve Net Zero emission targets, and ensure a sustainable future for generations to come,” notes their sustainability report.

With its zero liquid discharge system and rainwater collection capabilities, their facility in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu, is among India’s most environmentally conscious manufacturing facilities. Furthermore, their ‘Dry Wash’ vehicle maintenance program has preserved more than 650 million liters of water, demonstrating how environmentally friendly methods may be incorporated into customer care as well.

Their factory in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu, stands as one of India’s most environmentally conscious manufacturing facilities, incorporating a zero liquid discharge system and extensive rainwater harvesting capabilities. Additionally, their ‘Dry Wash’ car service initiative has conserved over 650 million liters of water, showcasing how sustainable practices can be embedded into customer services as well.

Integrating Advanced Technologies in EVs

Advanced digital systems must be integrated into EVs to maximize energy efficiency and improve sustainability. Tushar Choudhary, Founder & CEO of Motovolt Mobility, emphasizes the value of real-time data analysis in prolonging battery life and maximizing energy use.

“Real-time data analysis optimizes energy consumption and extends battery life, while smart charging infrastructure reduces energy costs and prevents grid overloads,” Choudhary explained. AI and IoT-powered predictive maintenance guarantees optimal performance of car parts, cutting downtime and prolonging the life of electric vehicles.

Commercial EV adoption

Reducing urban emissions requires the utilization of commercial vehicles, especially those that are utilised for last-mile deliveries. But as Co-Founder and Director of Log9 Materials Pankaj Sharma notes, this industry has its own set of difficulties. “Decarbonising on-road pollution hinges on the electrification of such B2B vehicles. However, this has been a significant challenge due to the faster battery degradation, lengthy charging times, limited battery lifespan, insufficient vehicle service support, and a lack of financing options for B2B vehicles.”

By creating batteries that charge more quickly, prolonging their lifespan, and offering easily accessible financing and maintenance options, Log9 Materials is tackling these issues. These programs are essential to accelerating the commercial vehicle industry’s transition to electric vehicles and guaranteeing a notable decrease in carbon emissions per kilometer of travel.

Sustainable future

Jagdish Rai Singal, Founder of Eastman Group, reflects on the wider effects of smart technology in e-mobility. He said, “Technology is an anchor, spread through every aspect of this ecosystem. In this ever-evolving world of innovation, the advocates of tech advancements never cease to amaze us. In the era of e-mobility, smart technology stands as a sign of hope, efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability of the systems that make up modern cities.”

Singal stresses the significance of a comprehensive strategy that integrates technology, renewable energy, and networked transportation to build a sustainable future.

The development of smart e-mobility, which is poised to boom in a revolutionary era in sustainable energy, is an example of how artificial and human intelligence may work together for exponential growth. Every stakeholder is vital to the development of the EV landscape, from utilities incorporating EVs into energy infrastructure to cities creating frameworks that encourage them.

The e-mobility industry is well-positioned to spearhead the transition to a more eco-friendly and efficient future by adopting sustainable practices and smart technologies. This will guarantee that the advantages of innovation are felt throughout the whole transportation ecosystem.

  • Published On Jun 5, 2024 at 08:29 AM IST

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