Maruti Suzuki India Limited, announced that its Smart Hybrid vehicles – Ciaz SHVS and Ertiga SHVS – have crossed cumulative sales of 100,000 units this month. 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 a high capacity battery to supplement the engine’s power. Maruti Suzuki claims that SHVS technology makes it more efficient than the conventional set-up and saves energy while decelerating/braking.
The 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.”
The Ciaz SHVS, with a certified fuel efficiency of 28.09km/l, tops the mileage chart in India, while the Ertiga SHVS, with 24.52 km/l, is the most efficient vehicle in its segment. Maruti says that these SHVS equipped vehicles account for over 60% of volume of the two models.
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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.