Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Ertiga diesel models exempted by Odd-Even Scheme as they employ SHVS mild hybrid system
The Delhi government’s implementation of the odd-even rule has widely been ridiculed by general public, environmentalists and auto industry experts. Whilst some are in appreciation of the scheme, others have raised concerns on whether it will serve the purpose of subduing emission levels by large quantity in a short space of time – considering the compromises commuters are being dealt with since the regulation came on from the start of the new year at the nation’s capital.
It states that at Delhi-NCR, private vehicle owners can ply on the road based on the odd and even end to their registration numbers on alternate days. The exemptions for the scheme include electric/hybrid, CNG-powered, Women-driven and vehicles allotted for high-priority politicians. As for the odd-even immunity go, the banned vehicle owners are encouraged to switch to either CNG-powered or electric/hybrid in the aftermath of the scheme.
The Indian market is not as advanced in Evs or hybrid vehicles as overseas markets because the technology is relatively new and the challenge lies in making it affordable to approach for the masses since not many can spend money to buy a Toyota Prius hybrid. However, on the exemption list, a recent announcement declared that Ciaz and the facelifted Ertiga can be driven in Delhi-NCR on any day as they employ a mild hybrid technology on diesel engines.
The country’s most successful car maker debuted the SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle from Suzuki) technology on Ciaz sedan last September. The Ertiga Facelift was next to be offered with the fuel saving tech as standard across all variants the following month. Both models are powered by the 1.3-litre diesel unit that equips the mild hybrid technology to give out improved fuel efficiency.
The mileage on the Honda City-rivalling Ciaz sedan has been rated at 28.09kmpl which is nearly two kilometres up on the previous diesel engine. At a 18 per cent surge, the same SHVS-equipped 1.3-litre diesel mill is claimed to deliver a mileage of 24.52 kmpl on the Ertiga people carrier. The four-cylinder 1,300cc diesel SHVS on Ciaz and Ertiga Facelift produces 89 bhp maximum power at 4,000 rpm and 200 Nm of peak torque at 1,750 rpm and comes mated with a five-speed manual transmission.
The SHVS technology comprises of an Integrated Starter Generator (ISG), start-stop system and Engine Power Assist The start-stop functions to turn the engine off when the car is in idle and switches the engine back on at a dab of the clutch, saving power wasted on idle running especially in traffic jams.
The ISG saves kinetic energy generated by heat whilst braking, converts it to electrical energy ans stores in the high-capacity battery. It also works as starter motor when start-stop comes into act whilst supplementing power boost. The Engine Power Assist system provides electric boost at around 2,500 rpm and sends power to an electric motor which combines generated power from the engine and aids in acceleration amidst reducing fuel consumption.
The SHVS system featured diesel models of Ciaz and Ertiga Facelift come with gear shift indicator as well. The mild hybrid technology allows for government subsidy of Rs. 13.000 under FAME scheme as an added advantage.