Schaeffler LUK’s Electronic clutch management for India concept vehicle

Schaeffler LUK’s Electronic clutch management India concept vehicle. Schaeffler has designed the ECM with integrated sensors, actuator and intelligent software solutions.

Increasing prices of petrol and diesel have forced many individuals to opt for fuel efficient vehicles in order to save money. Keeping this is mind Schaeffler’s LUK brand has designed an innovative electronic clutch management system (ECM) which not only helps to curb fuel used but also provides a robust and comfortable mechanism. Automotive industry in India is constantly developing and designing future mobility options that will prove to be a boon in the long run.

ECM features have been designed for these future concept vehicles. The ECM system is similar to the double clutch feature that European drivers make use of in their cars. A hydrostatic clutch actuator (HCA), used in these vehicles can be affixed to the transmission or the chassis due to its small design and flexible options for fitting. Schaeffler has designed the ECM with integrated sensors, actuator and intelligent software solutions. Using an ECM module will enable one to not only benefit from a comfortable and optimized gearshift system but also effect cost saving which will be more as compared to a completely automated manual transmission.

Uwe Wagner, President of the Transmission Technologies business unit at Schaeffler had this to say, “We developed an electronic clutch management system at LuK specifically for the traffic conditions typical for India for the Efficient Future Mobility India concept car.” He added, “The idea behind the Efficient Future Mobility India concept car was to simply eliminate this negative effect from unexpected interruption in tractive force by reducing the degree of automation. With the ECM, the driver still carries out the gearshift operation in the same way as with a manual transmission, but the actuator system activates the clutch instead and considerably more comfortably than the driver would. The costs are of course considerably lower than those of an ASG due to the elimination of the automated gearshift system.”

Norbert Indlekofer, Member of the Executive Board for Automotive at Schaeffler says, “The demand for automation on the market in India has increased rapidly during the last few years. The reasons for this are certainly the major optimizations in terms of comfort and fuel consumption as well as reductions in cost. The comprehensive optional features available for the HCA means it can be customized for a very wide range of applications – perfect for use in various Indian automobiles!”

Highlight of the ECM system is that during driving one simply needs to carry out the gearshift operation and the actuator will depress the clutch making is more comfortable and thereby eliminating costs of a conventional gearshift system. Keeping up the trend for fuel efficient systems Mahindra’s e2o has been designed with a CVT automatic gearbox which enables the driver to seamlessly cruise through traffic without having to gearshift.

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  • Sanders007

    Fuel efficient vehicles are very popular in India. And, Schaeffler (LUK) focused on the right spot. The ECM technology from LUK described here has a great promise for Indian vehicles. As I remember, Schaeffler demonstrated their Indian Concept car few weeks back and the promised fuel consumption reduction was 10%. Other strong point of this system is this was designed with Indian cars and roads in mind, so it will be more suitable than any other imported technology. Schaeffler (LUK) made a good example of novelty and engineering.

  • David Diamond

    You are correct Sanders007, Schaeffler did in fact demonstrate this car, based on the Suzuki Swift at the Detroit Motor Show. It had many great fuel/emission saving features including the Start/Stop system currently being used in the one especially designed for roads in India. However the one at Detroit was able to give fuel savings of 15% together with substantial enissions savings, in order to meet CAFE standards for 2020. Of course all this tied in with the Schaeffler LUK’s Electronic clutch management system will make for a very smooth drive also, because as we all know a smooth gear change not only gives a much more pleasant ride but also helps to save fuel.

  • sagar112

    However wonderful and progressive this sounds, it won’t be a step forward unless there’s something concrete to show for it. Maybe a tie up with Maruti, or a real launch in the near future. This is a difficult market to crack

    • Colin Fox

      As Schaeffler do not appear to be involved in car manufacturing themselves, it surely must seem probable that there already is a tie-in with Maruti. You are right sagar112, this is a very difficult market to crack which is why I think Schaeffler chose the Maruti Swift as it is one of the most popular cars in India today. I have a feeling that Maruti may be waiting to see the response before perhaps putting all these new innovations into their vehicle as they have to be sure to be able to recover the cost.

      • sagar112

        Yes, it really is bothersome to see that Maruti isn’t actively trying to chnage the market here despite being the largest player. Mahindra on the other hand have at least gone ahead with electric cars, and that too a small car, a field where they have never actually sold cars. Maruti sells cars at an economic price, and as such it would be great if they improved tech. They could increase car prices thereafter marginally because their sales volumes will ensure costs can be covered.

      • Benson Kian

        The Swift is definitely one of the most popular cars of Indian family nowadays, it is small and compact. 45% out of 3millions units of Swift were sold to Indian market last month, it is a indeed the right choice for Schaeffler. The initial cost of purchasing the new vehicle maybe slightly higher than the old model with all these new technology input (I believe), however Mr Norbert Indlekofer from Schaeffler did talked about “reduction in costs” in this article, so that could be the hardware cost, and we are certain that the operational cost is cheaper due to the fuel saving feature. People should have their focus on the more important current cost than the fixed cost.

        • sagar112

          Well, we hope so too, but a lot is left to materialize at this moment

  • Juliet Andrew

    This is a wonderful innovations from Schaeffler and I believe this innovation will contribute great to the growth and development of the company, especially in terms of revenue generation as many Indians will prefer this car to any other in the market. I must commend Schaeffler for their contributions to automotive industry and this is a very good step taken by Schaeffler to bridge the gap between demand for high performance, comfort and an impressive fuel economy.

  • Pip

    Off course it’s an innovation but calling in wonderful might be a little over the top. Schaeffler has indeed done much to improve their products worldwide and is still innovative, but it’s not said that ALL Indians will prefer this product!

  • lorritae

    This is a really good news for indian people , we all know india is a big emerging market
    and indian’s consumer ability still lag behind many other coutries ,so for the
    middle rich people in india , saving is still very important issue for them as
    well . Now Germany family owned auto –parts supplier Schaeffler has solved this
    problem for them exclusively, which can
    save up at least 7%-15% liquid oil compared to the amount they used before when
    they drive the same distance. So this innovation is really important for India
    as well as the other developing coutries like China , even for the current USA
    , I think saving up will do them good too, so Schaeffler is a really considerate
    car-parts supplier to save this world’s energy.