Tatas launch CNG trucks
Tata Motors’ journey to net zero emission willbe through the gas route. On Monday, the company launched a series of CNG-powered medium and heavy commercial vehicle trucks.
Executive director Girish Wagh said the company is working at gaseous fuels such as CNG, LNG, and hydrogen as alternative energy sources.
“Today we are launching CNG vehicles, next to CNG is LNG, bio-CNG. Our engines are compliant with bio-CNG too. In small commercial vehicles, we will use ethanol blends. Under government guidelines, we will be ready with our fleet of E20 vehicles by April 1, 2023,” said Wagh in reply to a question on clean vehicles.
The company is also exploring the option of using hydrogen in its path to zero emission.
“Hydrogen can be blended with CNG to form HCNG fuel. A blend of CNG with 20per cent hydrogen is available now. Another option is burning hydrogen in Internal Combustion Engines (ICEs).
“H2ICE is the next important stepping stone to net zero emission,” said Wagh. He also spoke of fuel cell technology and that Tata Motors was the first to showcase a fuel cell bus at the last auto expo in New Delhi. The company has bagged contracts to make fuel cell buses in Delhi and other regions. The company on Monday launched a series of intermediate and light commercial vehicle tippers and trucks.