CHENNAI: Tata Motors has launched the country’s first Bio-CNG fueled buses, with the company unveiling two bio-methane engines (5.7 SGI & 3.8 SGI) for LCV, ICV and MCV buses on Monday. The company displayed three models, with the lead model Tata LPO 1613, already in operation by PMPML (Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited). The launch is part of the company’s focus on providing smart city solutions in the commercial vehicle segment. While prices have not been revealed, the buses were showcased at the Urja Utsav event organised by the Union oil ministry.
“We are delighted to present yet another product with innovation in alternate fuel technologies, to cater to the need for a greener country. The use of Bio-CNG will contribute in a positive manner to the Smart Cities proposition of keeping them clean and is a good option for wet garbage management,” said Girish Wagh, Head, Commercial Vehicles Business, Tata Motors.
Rajendra Petkar, Head- Power System, Engineering, Tata Motors said, “This is a step towards developing environment friendly vehicles. Bio-methane is produced out of bio-degradable materials like kitchen waste. This gas, which gets produced out of natural degradation process, escapes into the atmosphere unused. However, if this is trapped and used in engines, it reduces the net impact on environment and at the same time produces useful power.”
According to Tata Motors, it has introduced several technologies in CNG engines related to vehicle performance and safety. Bio-CNG and Bio-methane are being actively promoted as a significantly greener and more eco-friendly fuel option.