Kerala-based HyMotiv company has created the world’s first Renault Kwid hybrid electric car as a project with no plans for immediate commercialization. The base car the alternative energy mobility solutions provider has used is a Renault Kwid 0.8 SCe and the specs are impressive.
The Renault Kwid 0.8 SCe comes with a 799 cc naturally aspirated three-cylinder petrol engine that produces 54 PS (53.24 hp) and 72 Nm of peak torque at 4,386 rpm. The modified Renault Kwid 0.8 SCe has an additional 34 hp electric power, and interestingly the extra power drives the rear wheels. The electric motors generate approximately 65% of the system power, which means that the car drives more using electric energy than petrol.
HyMotiv has used American electric motors and controllers and a Chinese battery pack in the Renault Kwid hybrid. It does plan to replace the latter with a locally made battery pack as the next step. The battery used is much bigger than in typical hybrid electric cars, as it gives a driving range of 150 km. In hybrid mode, where the Renault Kwid Hybrid effectively becomes an AWD vehicle, it is possible to achieve a fuel economy of 48 km/l. For reference, the regular Renault Kwid with the 0.8-litre SCe engine has a fuel economy rating (ARAI) of 20.71 km/l.
The Renault Kwid hybrid HyMotiv is not just electrified but safer, because it has disc brakes at the rear. HyMotiv has developed a fatigue detection system that is not built into the car but inside special spectacles worn by the driver. If he/she closes eyes, an alarm is set off in two levels; the first-level alarm gives a haptic feedback with a vibration, and the second-level alarm gives even audio warnings from the speakers additionally. The team intends to work on monitoring brain waves to enhance the fatigue detection system’s accuracy.
An electrified Renault Kwid is on the cards for India, and that will be fully electrified. However, the Renault Kwid EV for India is expected as an object of utility and not a tech showcase.