Tata inks pact with West­port for nat­u­ral gas en­gines

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Tata Mo­tors has joined hands with Canada–head­quar­tered West­port Innovations Inc to de­velop an engine for light and medium duty trucks and buses. West­port Innovations, a global leader in nat­u­ral gas en­gines said that it is de­vel­op­ing a next gen­er­a­tion engine tech­nol­ogy for in­te­gra­tion into Tata Mo­tors’ new engine plat­form.

The com­pany also re­vealed that upon suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of the de­vel­op­ment phase, com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion is expected to fol­low, with West­port sup­ply­ing key nat­u­ral gas engine com­po­nents based on tech­nol­ogy be­ing de­vel­oped in this pro­gram. ‘Our de­vel­op­ment sched­ule is ac­cel­er­ated and we be­lieve it can be ac­com­plished given the sub­stan­tive mar­ket size and in­ter­est in nat­u­ral gas ve­hi­cles in In­dia.’ says Ni­cholas Son­ntag, Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent, West­port Innovations. Ravi Pishar­ody, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor – Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles Busi­ness Unit of Tata Mo­tors, states, ‘As na­tional CNG and LNG fu­el­ing in­fra­struc­ture con­tin­ues to de­velop a need for in­no­va­tive, low cost, re­li­able tech­nolo­gies nat­u­ral gas will emerge. Tata Mo­tors is al­ready in the fore­front in this area.’

West­port tech­nol­ogy of­fers ad­vanced LNG fu­el­ing sys­tems with di­rect in­jec­tion nat­u­ral gas engine tech­nol­ogy for heavy-duty ve­hi­cles such as high­way trucks and off-road ap­pli­ca­tions such as min­ing and rail. Cummins West­port, the JV with Cummins de­signs, en­gi­neers and mar­kets sparkig­nited nat­u­ral gas en­gines for North Amer­i­can trans­porta­tion ap­pli­ca­tions such as trucks and buses. The West­port LD division is one of the global lead­ers for nat­u­ral gas and LPG fuel in pas­sen­ger cars, light-duty trucks and in­dus­trial ap­pli­ca­tions such as fork­lifts.

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