GM India Showcases Quirky Range Extended EV Concept


Range Extended Electric Vehicle concept shown to kick off the REEV engineering student contest

This week at FISITA 2018, General Motors Technical Center India (GM TC-I) and SAE India Bangalore unveiled a prototype range extended electric vehicle.

The vehicle doesn’t have a formal name, it is just an REEV Concept. But the goal of developing the vehicle was to prepare future engineers and GM TC-I for it’s future role in GM’s “zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion” future.

The announcement of the prototype pairs with the launch of the SAE India REEV student contest. Students that participate are given the task of designing a safe, reliable “urban mobility” vehicle. Those participating will gain not only EV development experience. They will also earn a better understanding of the “vehicle development process used by OEMs.”

GM India REEV Concept at FISITA 2018

So what does General Motors have in mind for the REEV?

The Chevy Bolt EV signaled the first step towards a “zero emissions future.” Based on recent statements from Mary Barra, plug-in hybrids such as the Chevy Volt will play a much smaller role in the future. So the decision to focus the contest on a range extended electric vehicle is interesting, especially after BMW just nixed the i3 REx in Europe.

But unlike the BMW i3, this concept does not necessarily signal a range extended EV that is in the works. Instead, it is more concerned about preparing students for future engineering challenges. Therefore, a REEV platform gives them the experience they need to bridge traditional and future vehicle technologies.

Under the 2016 Chevy Volt Hood

Dan Nicholson, GM Vice President of Global Propulsion Systems said:

The world-class engineering capability we have at [our GM Technical Center] in Bangalore, India, is playing a significant role in GM delivering its commitment to create a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion.

I am extremely proud of our team of talented designers and engineers at GMTC-I who developed the Range Extended Electric Vehicle prototype.

According to Brian McMurray at GM Technical Centre-India:

REEV  focuses on developing engineers of tomorrow who will bring about revolutionary solutions to urban mobility. REEV will steer, evaluate and direct the competition in a manner to uphold this purpose.

Want to watch the project develop in a time lapse video? Click the video above.

Interested in the 65 page technical instructions of the competition? Check out the PDF file below:

Click here to view full technical instructions for REEV contest.

Source: SAEIndia REEV, Medium

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6 Comments on "GM India Showcases Quirky Range Extended EV Concept"

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I wonder what is the point of this? GM completely exited Indian market earlier this year due to low sales (ICEs).

The point is engineers in India are a lot cheaper to employ than engineers in Michigan. This is basically a student project for future engineers.

What happened to Make america great again?

GM is not America, only American in local ads.

It’s multi-national, traditional and publicly traded, so will do what’s best for the bottom line. The end.

Trump’s isolationist politics doesn’t mean American companies are willing to give up the global market — it just means they have to move more of their operations overseas…

This appears to be a mediocre Formula SAE Electric car with a sweet body