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After a grueling and demanding period of about 5-6 weeks, we are proud to announce the completion of the chassis for Project 3.

Chassis is a very crucial part of the whole car. It is like a support system to the whole car. If the chassis design is not accurate, all the components of the car which are to be fitted into the frame will not mesh together and will result in poor performance of the vehicle.

Accuracy is the key

Mechanical head, Avaneesh Upadhyaya, speaking on the behalf of the manufacturing team says, “Accuracy is the most important factor in manufacturing. If the chassis is not accurate, all the components which are to be fitted will not mesh and will result in poor performance of the vehicle”. He further adds ”Overall, the entire chassis needs to be highly accurate, but special care is taken for the suspension box. This is done so because if the suspension points are misplaced, the entire stability of the car goes for a toss. The forces act in a haphazard manner and it results in weakening of the chassis.”

Hurdles are meant to be overcome

According to most of the team members, biggest problem encountered during the manufacturing process includes the lack of high precision jigs and fixtures for profiling of members and A-arms. The jigs and fixtures as per our designs are member specific making their procurement quite difficult.

The team managed by using makeshift jigs and multiple point referencing with respect to a local coordinate system and a global coordinate system. This course of action proved to be challenging and led to a delay in manufacturing process but in the end we were able to achieve a satisfactory level of accuracy in profiling of the members.

“I’m happy with the progress and the work being done by the technical team. Yes it is true that we have lost a few days, but any delay that we incurred was due to more external factors than internal” says Team Manager, Goheth Siddanth.

Exhilarating Experience

“Every Day in the workshop was like a theater play, we fought, we laughed, we played ,but we continued working no matter what. At the end of each day when the team left the workshop, they did with a stronger vision and a better understanding.” says Goheth. The relentless work and endless frustration incorporated a sense of responsibility, teamwork and team coordination among the team members.
“This wasn’t the first time that some of us (seniors) are working on a chassis of a car. But this was the first time we had the responsibility to ensure it was perfect and the feeling is nothing like it. It is a very thrilling experience.” asserts Pranav Gadamsetty, Transmission Head.

The team acknowledges the essential skill set they developed such as, on technical front, profiling and welding of tubes, drilling and grinding of metal and better understanding of various software.

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The Road Ahead

The next step for structures subsystem is to fit the glass fiber bodywork onto the chassis with proper aesthetics and ensure minimum difference between the coefficient of drag obtained and the one which we estimated for analysis purpose. In vehicle dynamics subsystem, with the suspension box completed and the A-arms manufactured and painted they start with the placement procedure of the Arms onto the suspension box. The transmission components is to be mounted onto the chassis and tested.

We have already received motor controller, wiring components, vehicle dynamic and transmission parts, DAQ (Data Acquisition) components for the car and the work on them has begun.Procurement of other essentials such as motors, solar panels and battery and battery pack is in process and most of it will be obtained within the upcoming month.  

The team will resume work in the first week of August. The upcoming month will be dedicated towards the completion of bodywork and assembly of the car. The month after that will be dedicated to testing.

Once again we would like to thank our sponsors for all their support and belief in our cause.

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THANK YOU !

Greetings from Team SolarMobil!

Team SolarMobil would like to thank all its followers, mentors, sponsors and benefactors on the successful launch of our beloved car – SERVe (Solar Electric Road Vehicle). The team is grateful to Manipal University and Manipal Institute of Technology for nurturing the talents that constitute the backbone of the team. The institution(s) have been our primary benefactors since our inception in 2011.

SERVe

SERVe was launched this April in Bangalore and unveiled at both Tata Power Solar and the FKCII Green Summit, 2015. As is evident from the extensive coverage we received from acclaimed news dailies and online publications such as Times of India, NDTV Auto, BBC Auto, and ScoopWhoop to name a few, SERVe has been able to capture the country’s imagination right from the onset. SERVe features aerodynamic curved design and runs on solar energy from its curved solar panels. The team received constructive criticism and was lauded by industry experts for its efforts.

SERVe- Solar Electric Road Vehicle

SERVe- Solar Electric Road Vehicle

SERVe is India’s first passenger solar electric vehicle which uses clean and free fuel with zero emissions and zero noise pollution. It has a high strength chassis and is lightweight. SERVe has an aerodynamic and aesthetic design obtained from the cut section of a tear drop. Custom made curved solar panels are used with energy generation at 17% efficiency. Further SERVe is energy positive, which basically means the car can not only generate enough energy for its own use but also supply power to an external grid.

SERVe has been able to showcase that passenger solar cars are not only a possibility but a necessity of the not so distant future. Imagine a world without all the depleting fuel we feel entitled to and replace it with cars that run on an energy source that is infinitely abundant! SERVe is one such step in that direction.

(To view the Tata Power Solar Launch Gallery, click here)

(To view SERVe in action, click here)

(To view the feature on NDTV- ” Clean Air, My Right ” series, click here)

Looking Ahead

The team seeks to improve on its work every year and thus has begun working on its third car. Buoyed by SERVe’s success and using it as reference, we at SolarMobil aim to build a new prototype and reach the American Solar Challenge, 2016. The competition is a 2000 km endurance race and is a melting pot of budding engineers and industry stalwarts who are vying for a cleaner and greener tomorrow. The challenge is backed by the Innovators Education Foundation (IEF) & the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA).

With the next car we aim to achieve greater speed and more power while focusing on driver ergonomics.

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