Tata Motors working on new generation engines for HCVs and LCVs; alternative fuel powered CVs are also on card
Tata Motors is working on BS-VI emission norm compliant commercial vehicles and the homegrown auto major believes these will be ready by December 2019. The automaker says, it will be ready to meet the deadline of BS-VI norm implementation well ahead time. Tata Motors is also working on new generation engines for its range of HCVs and LCVs.
The automaker has lost significant amount of sales figure in last couple of months due to several reasons. While initially it was hit due to the demonetisation, later the BS-III ban and GST launch too affected the brand. Not only the passenger vehicle segment, but commercial vehicle category too didn’t perform as per expectation. Sales of the buses slumped significantly in the first quarter of FY18. However, Tata says that things have started to stabilise now.
Stricter BS-VI emission norm is ready to be implemented across the country from 1st April, 2020. Tata Motors says that it is getting ready for the introduction of the new emission norm compliant engines in the country and its R&D department is working on this. The automaker spends around Rs. 3,500 crore for research and development purpose and 40% of it is spent for the commercial vehicles.
Speaking about the new engines for the range of HCVs and LCVs from Tata Motors, these new motors will come with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology. These powertrains will be able to work at more optimal combustion temperature. Also, the new generation engines will churn out improved power and fuel efficiency compared to the current motors alongside emitting lower amount of pollutants.
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In an attempt to increase its market share in the commercial vehicle segment, Tata Motors is also working on alternative fuel powered vehicles. Electric buses from the company have already started trial runs in several cities across the country. Apart from that, Tata Motors is also developing LNG and fuel cell powered buses.