Tata Motors flags off India’s first Bio-Methane Bus

A Tata LPO bus with a bio-methane fitment is being used by PMPML.


Tata Motors has come up with a rather unconventional source of energy for powering mobility by showcasing India’s first bio-CNG (bio-methane) bus at the bio-energy program, called Urja Utsav.

The Tata Motors Commercial vehicles wing has developed the bio-methane engines (5.7 SGI and 3.8 SGI) for LCV, ICV and MCV category of vehicles in house. All three of the engines were on display along with the lead model which is the Tata LPO 1613 with 5.7 SGI NA BS-IV IOBD-II compliant bus. The Tata LPO 1613 has already been brought in for use by PMPML (Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited) but was showcased with bio-methane fuel at the event.

According to Mr. Girish Wagh, 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.”

The first bio-Bus was employed by UK in 2014 which runs on human and food wastes. This bus is capable of seating 40 and can travel nearly 300 km while producing atleast 30 percent less carbon dioxide and 80 percent less nitrogen dioxide. ALSO READ: Tata Motors, Microsoft tie-up to bring connected car technology to Indian users

  • Published Date: July 17, 2017 5:05 PM IST