According to a recent press release by Maruti India , its hybrid cars Ciaz and Ertiga , crossed the sale figure of 1 lakh units.This has definitely added a new chapter in the direction of Electric and Hybrid Mobility of cars in India.Under the SHVS category Maruti has three offerings Maruti Suzuki Ciaz hybrid, 1.3L Maruti Suzuki S-Cross hybrid and Maruti Suzuki Ertiga hybrid.
The biggest automobile company in India has introduced the Smart Hybrid Vehicle version of Ciaz in Sep 2015 and the good response of the customers encouraged the company to launch the diesel hybrid version of its popular 7 seater crossover Ertiga in the same year.
The hybrid and electrical cars enjoy a government rebate under Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric vehicles (FAME) initiative.The popularity of hybrid technology also lies in the cause that they deliver highly fuel efficient stats.In this regard Tata Motors is also working towards its 325 cc Tata Nano Pixel small car based on hybrid technology which is said to deliver 100 kmpl mileage.
The cars like Ciaz that use this technology deliver a phenomenal 28.09 kmpl mileage.The Ertiga SHVS even manages to deliver 24.52 kmpl by using Suzuki’s SHVS technology.
How Hybrid Technology in Maruti Suzuki Works Exactly ?
Maruti Suzuki’s SHVS Technology Animation Video
The hybrid technology that has been newly developed by Suzuki , the Maruti’s Japanese counterpart , uses an integrated starter generator (ISG) along with an advanced capacity battery.
The term SHVS stands for Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki.The application of this technology in cars enables to deliver higher mileage than the traditional engine cars.This is because , when your car stands at a Red Light or in a traffic jam the hybrid technology hibernates the engine until you do not press the accelerator (Idle Start/Stop) and this fuel to a great extent.While on a stand still , the car , other components use the battery power that the car is fitted with.
SHVS technology vs Full Hybrid
In SHVS technology , the vehicles electric motor only complements the engine is certain driving situations , by reducing the load on the engine.
This in-turn , lowers the fuel consumption and emissions.The start-stop feature of Micro Hybrid vehicles is also a part of SHVS.It is to notice that as full hybrid system can outperform shvs cars over fuel and emissions reduction.
Full Hybrid on the other hand are vehicles that can have propulsion from only the engine either electric motor or from a combination of both.Full Hybrid car batteries are charged via a plug-in socket or via the engine or by both.