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Blue Energy Motors unveils India's first LNG-fuelled green truck near Pune

Firm claims the engines generate high torque and help trucks deliver best-in-class total cost of ownership and offer unmatched ride comfort and safety for long hauls

LNG | Nitin Gadkari  | LNG demand in India

Shally Seth Mohile  |  Mumbai 

LNG truck
Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways inaugurated the facility with an installed capacity to make 10,000 of these trucks annually.

Blue Energy Motors, a two-year old start-up backed by a Singapore-based firm, unveiled India’s first (LNG) fuelled green truck in Chakan near Pune on Friday.

The trucks are powered by Iveco FPT, global powertrain brand of Iveco Group. The company claimed that the engines generate high torque and help trucks deliver best in class TCO (total cost of ownership) and offer unmatched ride comfort and safety for the drivers for long hauls. The market entry of the LNG-fuelled trucks will start with the introduction of 5,528 4x2 tractor by the end of the current month.

Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways inaugurated the facility which has an installed capacity of 10,000 trucks annually. “This is the fuel for the future,” said Gadkari. It's cost effective and a change-maker for the transport sector. It is a great alternative to petrol and diesel at a time when we import so much," he added.

Responding to how these trucks will run given the almost non-existent infrastructure, Anirudh Bhuwalka, chief executive at Blue Energy said, “These are long-haul trucks that can travel up to 1,400 kilometres in one fill.” About 20 stations are coming up and by next one year this is expected to go up to 50 stations. Various (PSU) and private oil and gas marketing are setting up these, he added.

The facility added Bhuwalka is the company's first step towards “pioneering the green trucking revolution.” “We at Blue Energy Motors aim to decarbonize the environment by providing an immediate solution and breaking the barriers of economic returns,” he said.

Gadkari said with LNG, logistics cost can be reduced by 16 per cent, adding that the idea is to bring it down further by 10 per cent.

“We are making and from biomass in Maharashtra, Punjab and Haryana. Within two years we will have more than 200 capacities in the country. Biofuel is the future and we have a huge potential for export. It's essential for the economy. The prospects for the industry are great and I am excited about the future, as we move towards reducing pollution,” he said.

"This company has been formed with the understanding that we will be bringing to the market, based on green technologies such as LNG, hydrogen and electric,” said Prakhar Saxena, chief marketing officer, Blue Energy Motors.

The FPT Industrial engine is one the most powerful natural gas engines in the market and is compatible with CNG, LNG and biomethane; it uses multipoint stoichiometric combustion to assure best-in-class fuel consumption and lower noise than diesel engines, Blue Energy said in the statement.

“This agreement is of the utmost importance for FPT Industrial, now and in the future, as we want our leading technologies to play a key role to support the ecological transition of one of the world’s largest vehicle markets,” said Sylvain Blaise, President of Iveco Group Powertrain Business Un

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First Published: Fri, September 02 2022. 20:53 IST