Dr Saravanan Muthiah
Head, Advanced Technology, Auto and Farm Sector, Mahindra Research Valley|

Dr Saravanan Muthiah heads the Advanced Technology function for both Auto and Farm Sectors at Mahindra and Mahindra. He joined Mahindra Powertrain Division in 2011. Dr Muthiah completed his BE in Mechanical Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering in 1995 and MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, USA, in 2001 and 2006, respectively. He has over 23 years of experience in Automotive R&D with global automotive OEMs, including GM, USA and Maruti Suzuki, India, and academia.

TOPIC: Future of ICE

Internal Combustion Engines (ICE) (especially diesels) are facing a lot of pressure. Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs) and Electric Vehicles (EVs) have received increased attention both by the automotive industry and the regulatory authorities as possible alternatives to it. While a lot of R&D efforts are being undertaken, electric vehicles still face two major issues of lack of range in one charge and the long time taken to charge the battery.

His talk will look at the challenges being faced by IC engines and the efforts underway to alleviate them. The possible alternatives for ICE and the challenges they bring with them shall also be covered. A balanced approach that helps reduce pollution and caters to mobility needs of the general population is perhaps the need of the hour.