Auto Tech Review as part of its ‘Tech Chat’ series recently conducted a Student Lecture webinar titled ‘New and Emerging Technologies in the Automotive Industry’ in association with the automobile engineering department of Manav Rachna International Institute of Research and Studies. The webinar featured Dr Shankar Venugopal, Vice President – Technology, Innovation & KM, Dean Mahindra Technical Academy, Mahindra & Mahindra and S Ramanathan, Managing Director, Automotive Test Systems (ATS). The webinar was moderated by Deepangshu Dev Sarmah, Editor-in-Chief, Auto Tech Review. The first webinar deliberated at length on how the robust growth of the country’s auto industry has been derailed by the outbreak of COVID-19. The speakers acknowledged the tough times the industry is in, but remained hopeful that investments will continue happening in the industry.
ELECTRIC & CONNECTED MOBILITY
Dr Shankar Venugopal, Vice President – Technology, Innovation & KM, Dean Mahindra Technical Academy, Mahindra & Mahindra, said the auto industry must look at turning the COVID-19 crisis into an opportunity to reboot, reinvent and reignite. Sharing his perspective on EV adoption issues like range anxiety and high cost of batteries, Dr Venugopal said the country has EVs that can cover 150250 km per charge, but not all are convinced that this is enough. Batteries represent around 40-50 % of an EV cost, which could lead to apprehensions among car owners over replacement worries, he noted. He urged the student community to specialise in mechanicals, electricals and electronics, not just in terms of knowing the concepts, but also being adept at practical skills and competencies to work on a product.
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