Indian Carmaker and Oil Company Team Up on Biodiesel Vehicles

Tata also developing hybrid-electric vehicle scheduled to debut by end of the year.

Published: 31-Mar-2005

Pune: One engine, two Indica cars, a few light commercial vehicles and now a fleet of 43 buses. This is the progression chart of Tata Motors, which has announced a pilot programme for the use of bio-diesel in its vehicles.

At the flag-off ceremony of the bus fleet at its plant at Pimpri in Pune, Dr V. Sumantran, Executive Director PCBU and ERC Tata Motors Ltd, said this is a joint project undertaken with Indian Oil Corporation. He, however, noted that there was no written agreement between the companies. This is a project undertaken to understand the feasibility of such an exercise.

Dr Sumantran said the data would be obtained from the 43 buses plying in and out of the company premises, travelling about 160 km a day, in varying traffic conditions and weather. He said that depending on the data, the programme would be rolled out to include the remaining buses of its fleet.

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