Sona Comstar to introduce new EV powertrain: Ties up with Israel’s IRP Systems

While there are several motor manufacturers in India, they still need to import the magnets. Additionally, the fast-growing global EV market is looking to diversify supply chains and mitigate risk

By:Updated: Jul 16, 2021 10:57 AM

Sona Comstar, a global automotive component manufacturer, has announced a collaboration with and Israel’s IRP Systems, a provider of electric powertrain solutions for e-mobility. The two have come together with iCreate (International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Technology), for a joint development project that will invent a new powertrain, manufacture it and market it globally. The project entails the design, prototype and manufacturing of a high-efficiency, low-cost, magnet-less powertrain (motor + controller) for electric two- and three-wheelers, for the global market.

The Indian manufacturer states that the new powertrain will give both it and IRP Systems a global competitive advantage, and targets substituting imports worth Rs 1,300 crore ($ 200 million), and capturing an export market many times this size.

Also read: Passenger cars will realistically be last to be fully electrified in India: Sona Comstar

iCreate’s ‘iEV Powertrain’ project is about creating an innovative motor-plus-controller combination that does not use rare earth elements like neodymium, besides offering high efficiency and low cost to manufacturers of electric two and three-wheelers.

While there are several motor manufacturers in India, they still need to import the magnets. Additionally, the fast-growing global EV market is looking to diversify supply chains and mitigate risk stemming from dependency on limited and unreliable sources.

Apart from needing to be imported, rare earth elements represent a significant environmental impact in their mining process and health risks in their use during the magnet production process. This project gives a strong push to climate change and the Paris Accord. A strong business case has thus emerged for developing alternative suppliers of EV components as well as alternatives to rare earth enriched magnets.

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