VECV meets BS-IV norms with EGR and SCR technologies
Meeting BS-IV emission norms with EGR and SCR technology, VE Commercial Vehicles has launched the Pro 5000 Series.
Eicher Trucks & Buses, part of VE Commercial Vehicles Limited (VECV), has employed Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technologies to meet the BS-IV emission norms. The SCR technology has found its way into the heavier Pro 6000 Series and Pro 8000 Series trucks. The Pro 5000 Series trucks, that the company recently launched in Mumbai, employs EGR technology in combination with Volvo’s EMS 3.0 electronic governing architecture. . According to Vinod Aggarwal, Managing Director & CEO, the Pro 5000 Series trucks range from 16-tonne to 49-tonnes. Found in 4x2 tipper and rigid haulage guise; 8x4 haulage guise, and in 4x2 tractor guise among others, the Pro 5000 Series, is powered by a commonrail 5.7-litre six-cylinder (E694) engine that produces between 170 hp and 192 hp, depending on the application type.
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grille and twin round head lamp design, which marks a departure from the single unit clear-lens assembly design found on other Pro Series trucks, the Pro 5000 Series is claimed to offer unmatched reliability and optimised operational cost. “With the introduction of Pro 5000 Series, we have come to offer the widest range of heavy-duty trucks. The Pro 5000 is available at different price points, and is equipped with intelligent features like fuel coaching and cruise control,” Aggarwal said. Stressing upon the competitive acquisition cost of Pro 5000 Series trucks, he said they recorded faster growth than the industry average last fiscal.
In FY2016-17, VE Commercial Vehicles performed well. Despite being a challenging year, the company recorded 12.6% growth against the industry growth of four%. Tight planning on inventory helped minimise the impact of the Apex Court’s order to stop the sale of BS-III vehicles from April 01, 2017. VE Commercial Vehicles produced only 2500 units after demonetisation. It was left with 1000 BS-III units in the plant and some 400 to 500 units with the dealers when the court order was issued. A decision to export or convert the BS-III vehicles has been taken, Aggarwal said.
Posting 50% growth in HCVs, 33% in MCVs, and 17.5% in buses, the company exported 8,500 vehicles last fiscal, an increase of 25%. Informing that the company has introduced a 180 hp bus powered by the E694 engine also found on Pro 5000 Series trucks, he said, “the market feedback we have received is that our bus gives higher fuel efficiency.”
VE Commercial Vehicles has been increasing its STU exposure. It has supplied
buses to KSRTC, BMTC, MSRTC, and Gujarat and Telangana transport undertakings. If the captive bus body building plant at Pithampur is proving to be advantageous, access to Volvo technology is also proving to be of much help. The VE Commercial Vehicles joint venture between Eicher and Volvo will turn nine on July 2017, and the EMS 3.0 governing system found on the Pro 5000 Series trucks is a reflection of Volvo technology percolating into VE Commercial Vehicles.
Powering the heavier Pro 6000 and Pro 8000 Series Eicher trucks are 5-litre and 8-litre engines that are produced by VE PowerTrain (VEPT), a joint venture company between Eicher and Volvo with a plant at Pithampur. The plant replicates the production systems that are in place at the Skovde engine plant of Volvo in Sweden. The engines produced at VEPT plant are also supplied to Volvo locations the world over, and in a form that makes them Euro-VI compliant. The engines made at VEPT also find their way into Volvo’s other group entities like Volvo Penta. governing system in the Pro 5000 Series trucks is reflective of Volvo technology percolating into VE Commercial Vehicles, the technology is also helping the CV maker deliver products that promise best in class efficiency. When VE Commercial Vehicles was established nine years ago, the Eicher products transferred from Eicher Ltd. to the joint venture company were essentially CVs that employed Mitsubishi technology. With the participation of Volvo, these legacy products were upgraded and turned around to offer a superior experience, reliability, efficiency and low cost of operation. The E694 engine employs a bit of legacy technology, a bit of UD technology and a bit of Volvo technology sources close to the company said. If that provides an interesting insight into the ways of working at VE Commercial Vehicles, it is easier to understand the
by Gill, that technology and emission norms are not new to them. “We looked at trucks running more, and earning more. As technology leaders, we have installed Eurodip paint tech and robotic welding line for the manufacture of cabins at Pithampur,” mentioned Gill. The Pro 5000 Series of trucks are available with a fully built cabin (long-haul trucks like the Pro 5031 come with a sleeper cabin), and a rolling chassis (cowl). Telematics is optional, and also the M-Booster technology, which is claimed to further enhance fuel efficiency.
VE Commercial Vehicles overhauled the parts distribution network to up efficiency and performance even as it continues to launch new products with the view of addressing the exacting needs of the market. Said Gill, “Over 97% of the parts are shipped the same day. Over 98% of our trucks have delivered on the fuel efficiency promise.” “Our vehicles offer 97% uptime,” he said. Offering features like fuel coaching and cruise control, which are claimed to reduce driver fatigue and inform the driver and the operator about fuel efficiency, the Pro 5000 Series, it is clear, is a step forward by VE Commercial Vehicles to increase medium and heavy commercial vehicle market penetration. With GST expected to roll out in July, and if delayed, by September 2017, the year ahead looks challenging for the CV industry. VE Commercial Vehicles continues to be confident of growing faster than the industry. To achieve greater market reach, the company, said Gill, has invested in 250 GPS connected breakdown repair vans, and a dial-a-part call centre. The company has 151 3S dealers, 13 2S facilities, and 23 SPD and 160 EGP facilities as part of its network to support its clients.
With BS-IV CVs expected to call for better dealer support, what with OBD systems on board, VE Commercial Vehicles is looking at addressing the exacting needs of the CV market. In the wake of rapid changes the market is experiencing, customer expectations are changing. As a full range player, for VE Commercial Vehicles, AMCs and re-built engines, and gearboxes, will matter as the need for uptime rises. The Pro 5000 Series trucks reflect not just the VE Commercial Vehicles’ capabilites, and its journey into the future, they also reflect how the Indian CV industry is changing.
Powering the Pro 5000 Series is the E694 5.7-litre six-cylinder CRS engine with Volvo derived EMS3.0 governing system, and an intelligent EGR.
Vinod Aggarwal, MD & CEO, VECV, and SS Gill, Senior Vice President – Sales, Marketing & Aftermarket, Eicher HeavyDuty Trucks, at the launch of Pro 5000 Series trucks at Mumbai.
Superior performance If the EMS 3.0