Tata Motors has unveiled the country’s first biomethane-powered bus at the Bio-energy program, called ‘Urja Utsav’, organized by the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas. Tata Motors has pioneered the introduction of natural gas vehicles in India and has lauched several technologies in CNG engines. Moving towards NGVs will not only contribute majorly towards decreasing emissions for a cleaner environment, but operating engines on biomethane will also help promote Government of India’s Smart City initiative.
Tata Motors has designed and developed biomethane engines (5.7 SGI & 3.8 SGI) for LCV, ICV & MCV buses. Displayed at the event were three engines, along with the lead model: Tata LPO 1613 with 5.7 SGI NA BS-IV IOBD-II compliant bus. The Tata LPO 1613, already operated by PMPML (Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited), was also showcased at the event with biomethane propulsion.
Girish Waugh, Head of Commercial Vehicles Business, Tata Motors, said: “Tata Motors has been at the fore front in pioneering latest technologies in the commercial vehicle industry. We are delighted to present yet another product with innovation in alternative 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.”
Rajendra Petkar, Head of Power System, Engineering, Tata Motors, added: “The showcase of the biomethane bus is a step towards developing environment friendly vehicles. Biomethane 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.”
Source: Tata Motors