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Tata Use Dassault’s 3DEXPERIENCE to Complete Electric Vehicle’s First Feasibility Study

19 June 2012

According to Dassault Systèmes, Tata Technologies’ have used their 3DEXPERIENCE platform, based on Version 6 technology, heavily for its recent small urban electric vehicle study – the eMO (for electric MObility).

Dassault explains, the eMO study was undertaken to demonstrate the feasibility of developing an electric vehicle at an attractive price, and at the same time confirming their global experience, knowledge and innovation capabilities.

“We needed a highly regarded partner for this project, as we were relying on it to showcase our multi-dimensional approach to vehicle engineering and development,” said Kevin Fisher, President, Tata Technologies Vehicle Programs and Development (VPD) Group.  “We have a deep history with Dassault and were confident that CATIA and ENOVIA V6 applications would help us leverage the talents of a global engineering team to meet numerous design and cost constraints, as well as create the targeted user experience, including a final vehicle price tag of under $20,000.”

According to Dassault, a significant challenge in the development process was the requirement to fit all the required vehicle systems into a small footprint while maintaining spacious seating for four adults. To achieve this, Tata Technologies utilised the powerful capabilities within CATIA and ENOVIA applications to quickly develop various studies, allowing global collaboration to rapidly evaluate and converge on optimal solutions.

“Tata Technologies’ eMO project was run using our 3DEXPERIENCE platform to prove that from the designers’ perspective, to the engineers’ perspective, all the way up to the driver experience, we can provide the necessary applications to turn ideas into products fast and effectively,” said Monica Menghini, Executive Vice President, Industry, Dassault.    

Dassault says the development of the eMO was also a global effort, requiring collaboration among more than 300 Tata Technologies engineers from different geographies, including the US, Europe and India. 3DEXPERIENCE became the common language for the extended team and allowed rapid comparison of proposals, leading to swift decisions and innovative solutions.

“Tata Technologies is a key business partner for us and we see its innovative and forward-looking project as the perfect example of how our 3DEXPERIENCE platform is critical to collaboration with OEMs for accelerated development cycles,” continued Menghini.

Dassault explains their 3DEXPERIENCE platform was also extensively used for collaboration, allowing multiple team members to view pertinent data in real time. They say it allowed more time for testing of different design features aimed at reducing energy consumption, such as vehicle weight, rolling resistance and aerodynamics.





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