India's largest commercial vehicle manufacturer Tata Motors have showcased country's first ever LNG (liquefied natural gas) powered bus in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan and Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan were also present during this occasion.
With India expected to see an increase in demand for LNG over the coming years, owing to increased demand for the power, fertilizer and automotive sectors, the government plans to move towards a gas-based economy.
Tata Motors has pioneered the introduction of Natural gas vehicles (CNG) in the country, with a large fleet of buses running in various parts of the country.
Tata Motors LNG powered Tata LPO1613 bus, is lighter in weight compared to buses powered by conventional fuels and has enhanced levels of payload.
Moving towards gas power, will not only contribute majorly towards decreasing emissions for a cleaner environment but will also ensure better fuel efficiency, due to a high energy density of LNG, providing for a longer range at more than 700km in one filling.
With growing availability of LNG at a cheaper cost, as compared to HSD (High-Speed Diesel), LNG also lowers the operating cost of vehicles, further enhancing the efficiency of operators. High energy density and liquid form allow LNG to be stored in smaller size cylinders with a packaging that's similar to diesel fuel.
Executive Director - Commercial Vehicles, Tata Motors, Ravi Pisharody said, "We at Tata Motors are proud to showcase the country's first LNG bus; our gas-fueled people mover."
He added, "As one of the country's largest bus manufacturers, the Tata LNG bus is based on the Tata Motors understanding of the various transport authorities for public transport, creating a win-win situation for all stakeholders."