Tata Motors is working on a hydrogen-based internal combustion engine
Tata Motors is investigating options for using hydrogen in the conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) to manage exhaust emissions. Rajendra Petkar, president and chief technical officer of Tata Motors, at the unveiling of 14 new products today, said the company was looking at various options for mixing hydrogen with fossil fuels and using it in ICE.
For some time, Tata Motors has been working on using hydrogen as a fuel in the ICE, which Petkar has called H2ICE. “The technology is currently in the development phase and will take some time; but it will surely be an important stepping stone to achieving net zero ambitions. said Petkar. The company’s roadmap is diesel, followed by CNG, bio-CNG, ethanol gasoline, LNG, electric battery and fuel cell. Talking about the possibilities of blending hydrogen with CNG, he said, although blending up to 18% is allowed, the challenge is the availability of hydrogen.
In addition, Tata Motors will also actively look into hydrogen fuel cells. Recalling the company showcasing fuel cell buses many years ago, he said it was working on the contract to meet the needs of some customers.
As part of its initiative to address the growing need for safer transportation that supports the country’s infrastructure, improves energy efficiency, expands alternative fuel solutions and improves safety, the CV maker launched 14 products today. today.
Products launched include a range of India’s first CNG-powered Medium and Heavy Duty Utility Vehicle (M&HCV) trucks and a new series of advanced Light and Medium Duty Utility Vehicle (I&LCV) tippers and trucks. In addition, it introduced a new-era Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), in addition to enriching its line of Prima, Signa and Ultra trucks with innovative features to improve driving comfort.
With the new product line, Tata Motors is redefining transportation through its innovative solutions and introducing new era technologies, powertrains and aggregates to deliver increased value to customers. Available in many fully constructed body options of tippers, dumpsters, tankers, bulk carriers and trailers, these M&HCV and I&LCV trucks meet a wide range of cargo movements and applications in various industries – agriculture, cement, iron and steel, container, carrier vehicle, petroleum, chemicals, tank trucks, LPG, FMCG, white goods, perishables, construction, mining and municipal applications.
According to Girish Wagh, Executive Director of Tata Motors, these products have been launched to meet changing multi-application needs, especially in the rapidly growing logistics and infrastructure sectors. He said the company is creating a new paradigm of functionality, productivity, connectivity, security and performance by continually introducing future-ready products, services and solutions.
Tailored to unique Indian conditions, ADAS in new Tata Motors products offers collision mitigation system, lane departure warning, electronic stability control, driver alerts and tire pressure monitoring. tires.
The M&HCV and I&LCV truck range is equipped with Fleet Edge, the next-generation digital solution for optimal fleet management.
CNG powered MHCV
Following the success of its CNG portfolio of SCV, I&LCV and bus, Tata Motors has introduced the first CNG powered M&HCVs in India in the 28 and 19 ton nodes. The new Signa CNG trucks offer the optimal combination of low operating costs, high durability and multi-purpose applications, resulting in increased profitability. These environmentally friendly CNG models are also available with various wheelbase and cargo bed length options and hood options for cabin customization. These models are powered by the proven 5.7 liter SGI engine generating a maximum power of 180 hp and a torque of 650 Nm, feature a modular architecture and offer a range of up to 1,000 km.
Tata Motors trucks with ADAS have set a new trend in comfort, style, safety, ergonomics and ease of use. The Prima which was launched today has several passive safety features including Collision Mitigation System (CMS) and Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) developed with extensive validation, especially for Indian operating conditions. The vehicle also offers additional safety features such as Driver Monitoring System (DMS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
The new Prima range also features an ergonomically redesigned cabin offering improved operator comfort and convenience features for increased driver and vehicle safety. These improvements will significantly reduce the number of accidents, increase driving comfort and facilitate safer transportation of goods across the country.
The seven new FE Series fuel-efficient diesel and CNG trucks and dumpers offer better application-focused solutions with more vehicle weight and axle length options. Designed to increase their owners’ profit potential as well as improve handling and durability, these trucks incorporate key technological advancements including optimized transmissions, low-viscosity rear axle oil, e-viscous radiator fan , a shift adviser and a low rolling resistance tire.
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