India's largest commercial vehicle manufacturer Tata Motors has showcased the country's first Bio-CNG (bio-methane) Bus at the Bio-energy programme called 'Urja Utsav'.
The event was organised by Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. Tata Motors has designed and developed bio-methane engines for LCV, ICV and MCV buses.
Tata Motors displayed three engines and the lead model, the Tata LPO 1613 at the event. The LPO 1613 bus is equipped with 5.7 SGI NA BS-IV IOBD-II compliant engine. The bus is already in operation in Pune.
Tata Motors has been a pioneer in the introduction of natural gas vehicles in the country. The automaker has introduced several technologies in CNG engines related to vehicle performance and safety.
Head of Commercial Vehicles Business, Tata Motors, Girish Wagh said, "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."
Rajendra Petkar, Head-Power System, Engineering, Tata Motors said, "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."
The natural gas vehicles will reduce the emission levels and contribute to a cleaner environment. With the usage of bio-fuel, the consumption of petrol and diesel will come down and in turn, will reduce the fuel bills of the country.