A Kolkata company harbours an electric hypercar dream
While the world is in a hurry to take the electric car route, a bunch of enthusiasts from Kolkata are working on developing their own model of electric car. A recent report on the company Albaton Automobili made interesting reading . Soumyajit Das, with 16 other designers, engineers and entrepreneurs has been wanting to establish a high performance electric vehicle manufacturing enterprise in the state and enable skilled workforce to find employment.
Though Das was passionate about cars, aircrafts and engineering since childhood, he along with his friends Rohit Roy, Soumyajyoti Halder, Sanat Bhowmik, Subhrajyoti Roy and Krishnendu Mondal began the journey officially in 2011. Two years later, a few team members created a light weight sports car using an old Maruti Esteem powertrain to showcase an experimental car. Since the car was never designed to comply with the regulations, the team decided to design a new vehicle from scratch according to the latest Euro 6 and Central Motor Vehicles Rules and Regulations (India).
At present Albaton’s electric hypercar is being developed and the technical research is aimed to have more than 500 bhp-per-tonne, with speed and acceleration putting it in premium hypercar segment. The motor system which is being developed for the next Albaton is a battery operated drive system with regenerative braking. The vehicle being a mid-engine one, will run the rear wheels through a 5-speed dual clutch 2-shaft trans-axle.
The team has decided to go for Multiple permanent magnet motors to power the car, backed by a lithium ion battery technology which has its own management system that makes it light.
The team aims to have more than 450 km range in “Run” mode. The vehicle’s battery packs are liquid cooled, making them more efficient and with higher heat management. They also have small packs of Li-ion cells that are packaged with micro battery management systems, optimising each cell’s performance, and match it to the vehicle’s requirements. The regenative braking also helps in increasing the range by close to 25% to 28%.
The car will be built extensively out of carbon fibre and kevlar composites – the uni-body made by F1 experienced specialists, this will be integrated with a chromoly space frame for ease of manufacturing, repair services and maintenance. According to Das, the report says, the model will be launched by 2022.