Tata Motors is India’s largest Commercial Vehicles manufacturers and No.1 bus brand. The automaker had spearheaded the introduction of CNG vehicles and now has showcased a class-leading technology innovation- India’s first bio-CNG(bio-methane) bus. The bus was a showstopper at the Bio-energy programme, Urja Utsav, an event organized by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.
About the bus:
The Tata Motors Commercial Vehicles wing has designed and developed bio-methane engines(5.7 SGI & 3.8 SGI) for LCV(light commercial vehicles), ICV(intermediate commercial vehicles ) & MCV(medium commercial vehicles) buses. The company had displayed all the three kinds of engines along with the lead model: Tata LPO 1613 with 5.7 SGI NA BS-IV IOBD-II compliant bus. The Tata LOO 1613 is already in operation in Pune by the PMPL (Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited). It was showcased with bio-methane fuel at the event.
Bio-methane is a clean source of energy. It is produced out natural degradation process of bio-degradable materials like kitchen waste. Bio-CNG vehicle is better than a normal CNG vehicle because in the case of the latter vehicle, heavier hydrocarbons also exist with the Methane gas.
According to Mr. Girish Waugh, Head, Commercial Vehicles Business, Tata Motors, “Tata Motors has been at the fore front in pioneering latest technologies and providing smart city solutions in the commercial vehicle industry. 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.”
Speaking on the Bio-methane bus development, Mr. Rajendra Petkar, Head- Power System, Engineering, Tata Motors, “The showcase of the Bio-Methane bus 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.”
Tata Motors had lead with the introduction of CNG vehicles two decades ago and since has been introducing several CNG technologies related to the vehicle performance, safety like the sequential gas injection technology, skip fire, plug type coils, long life spark plugs and longer oil drain intervals. Making use of vehicles run by alternate fuel will lead to cleaner environment and also help the Government of India’s Smart City initiative.Features of the bio-methane bus by Tata Motors