- Ravi Pandit, Group CEO & Managing Director, KPIT Technologies
KPIT Technologies is an IT consulting and product engineering company focused on co-innovating domain intensive technology solutions for corporations that specialise in auto technologies.
What is the nature of solutions and services KPIT Technologies offers in case of EVs?
Our company is engaged in the area of hybridisation and electrification. We offer technologies and solutions like in-vehicle networking platforms, safety systems, diagnostics, infotainment, etc., that suit the EV segment. We design the motors and batteries; the technology decides on the electronic control unit for EVs. We are also working on developing solutions that could lead to more efficient battery-powered or fuel-cell powered electric vehicles for use in India and other markets.
Awareness for greenhouse gas emissions is lacking in India. What steps should be taken to resolve
It is important to work continuously on educating people about the subject. A regulatory framework and appropriate economic incentives should be created to ensure the use of green products. It is also important to develop technologies that encourage green initiatives. Companies should use the GHG Accounting tool (tool to understand, quantify, and manage greenhouse gas emissions) to realise where they stand in terms of releasing carbon footprint.
Is lack of infrastructure curtailing the growth of EVs in India?
Green vehicles can be electric or hybrid. The hybrid and fuel-cell vehicles do not require a separate charging station on the road, whereas a plug-in vehicle needs a charging point. Plug-in vehicles can also be charged at home or at the office premises. It is only the public plug-in transport, which needs charging stations on road and here government support is vital. There are multiple and innovative technologies available in India for EVs. Therefore, non-availability of infrastructure is not the core issue but using the right technology is important.
With the government now
moving forward on the electric mobility mission, will this boost the
We cannot always depend on the Indian government. The manufacturers themselves should be keen to introduce green technology and solutions. No doubt, globally governments are providing support for hybridisation programs, but the priorities are different. The Indian government has laid down the National Electric Mobility Mission (NEMMP). The mission targets around 7 million hybrid and electric vehicles by 2020. This initiative will surely boost the EV manufacturers in terms of business.
How far has your Revolo
Revolo technology has been tested on road for the last 4 years. It has shown consistent results. For this technology to be on road, specific regulations are important. The government has drafted the regulations just two months ago. It is only after the regulations are formed and the work tested, that the technology could be commercially offered. The Revolo technology is currently going through the approval process. It will soon be brought into the market.
KPIT had plans to integrate GENIVI SmartDeviceLink into the company's in-vehicle infotainment platform. What is the current status?
The SmartDeviceLink is a part of our road map that will bring in apps from a smartphone into a car. The user can access these apps from infotainment system of the car. However, our recent interactions with the carmakers have made us realise that the consumers today not only require connectivity with the smartphone to bring in apps, but are also looking for a connected experience which will allows them to leverage investments in the car and the smartphone together.
Recently, KPIT acquired a North Carolina based PLM specialist, I-Cubed. How will it help you?
Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is the missing link today in KPIT's set of offerings across engineering and business IT. Hi-tech, automotive, industrial and aerospace are heavy users of PLM. With more and more electronics and software getting into cars, auto companies also need to focus on Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), which can be a clear niche area for KPIT. The growth of PLM in automotive is expected to be 300-400 bps, which is more than the overall growth in the PLM market. This acquisition positions us better to capture a larger share of growth.