The country’s largest commercial vehicle maker Tata Motors, today launched India’s first Bio-CNG (bio-methane) Bus at the Bio-energy programme, called ‘Urja Utsav’.
The programme was organized by the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas.
Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan and Minister of State with Independent Charge for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mine Piyush Goyal flagged off the bus in New Delhi.
Tata Motors has developed and designed the bio-methane engines (5.7 SGI & 3.8 SGI) for LCV, ICV & MCV buses. Three engines along with the lead model Tata LPO 1613 with 5.7 SGI NA BS-IV IOBD-II compliant bus along with The Tata LPO 1613 which is in operation by PMPML (Pune MahanagarParivahanMahamandalLimited) were also showcased with bio-methane fuel at the event.
Head of Commercial Vehicles Business, Tata Motors, Girish Wagh said, “The Company is in pioneering latest technologies and providing smart city solutions in the commercial vehicle industry”.
The use of Bio-CNG will contribute to the Smart Cities proposition of keeping them clean and is an option for wet garbage management.
According to Rajendra Petkar, Head- Power System, Engineering, Tata Motors, “The showcase of the Bio-Methane bus is a step for developing environment friendly vehicles”.
Bio-methane is produced out of bio-degradable materials like kitchen waste and the gas, is produced from natural degradation process and escapes into the atmosphere unused.
Tata Motors has introduced natural gas vehicles and many other technologies in CNG engines which are related to vehicle performance and safety including sequential gas injection technology, skip fire, plug type coils, long life spark plugs and longer oil drain intervals.