Maruti Suzuki, India’s leading automobile manufacturer has now surpassed a total sales figure of one lakh unit for its smart hybrid vehicles in India. Included in its portfolio are currently the Ciaz SHVS and the Ertiga SHVS mild-hybrid.
Introduction of technologies like Smart Hybrid can only create a significant positive impact if they are made available to a larger section of customers. With this as a premise, Maruti Suzuki introduced India’s first Smart Hybrid Vehicle, Ciaz SHVS on Sept 1, 2015. It subsequently introduced the technology in Ertiga Diesel in Oct 2015.
Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki (SHVS) is a technology which uses an Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) and an advanced high capacity battery to supplement the engine’s power. SHVS technology makes it more efficient than the conventional set-up and saves energy while decelerating/braking.
Ciaz and Ertiga Smart Hybrid participate in Government of India’s FAME India* scheme, which aims to promote Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles in India.
Celebrating the success of SHVS sales, Mr. R S Kalsi, Executive Director, Marketing & Sales, Maruti Suzuki said, “As we move towards hybrid and electric cars, we see this as a first important step in this space. Both Ciaz SHVS and Ertiga SHVS are high on fuel efficiency, come with reduced running costs and lower levels of CO2 emission, thus making these popular among customers. The response we have received for SHVS equipped Ciaz and Ertiga encourages us to continue to invest in new technologies that support the environment while benefitting the customer.”
Ciaz SHVS, with a certified fuel efficiency of 28.09km/l, tops the mileage chart in India. Ertiga SHVS, with 24.52 km/l, has set new bench marks in fuel efficiency in its category. Both vehicles are market leaders in their respective segments and illustrate the growing preference of Indian customers for greener and cleaner technologies like Smart Hybrids. SHVS equipped vehicles account for over 60% of volume of the two models.
Important features of SHVS technology:
• Idle Start Stop – The engine stops automatically when the driver shifts the gear to neutral and releases clutch while the engine is idling. Restarts engine as soon as the clutch is pressed and the stored energy is used for this process.
• Engine Assist – The stored power in the advanced high capacity battery assists the engine during vehicle acceleration which improves efficiency and thus prevents wastage of fuel.
• Brake energy Regeneration: During deceleration / braking, ISG charges the advanced high capacity battery and provides energy to assist the engine’s idle-stop-start function and helps the engine during acceleration.