En­gine tech

Commercial Vehicle - - COVER STORY -

Piaggio Ve­hi­cles Pvt. Ltd., signed an agree­ment with its long-term part­ner Greaves Cot­ton in Jan­uary 2018 to de­velop a new gen­er­a­tion of pow­er­train ap­pli­ca­tions. As per the agree­ment, Greaves Cot­ton was en­trusted with the task of de­vel­op­ing new gen­er­a­tion pow­er­trains to meet BSVI norms for diesel and al­ter­nate fuel en­gines like CNG, petrol and LPG. On the oc­ca­sion, Nagesh Basa­van­halli, MD & CEO, Greaves Cot­ton Lim­ited, re­marked that the mar­ket would re­quire to be ready for a tech­no­log­i­cal, reg­u­la­tory and busi­ness model dis­rup­tion by 2020. In view of the reg­u­la­tory changes, BSVI espe­cially, Greaves Cot­ton has be­gun in­vest­ing in new tech­nolo­gies. It has started to build ca­pa­bil­i­ties to meet the de­mand for fuel ag­nos­tic, fu­ture-ready solutions. These would help to serve last mile trans­porta­tion mar­ket needs for OEMs like Piaggio. Look­ing at the three­wheeler seg­ment uptick in the third quar­ter of the fi­nan­cial year FY201718, Greaves Cot­ton is claimed to be bank­ing on its sin­gle cylin­der diesel en­gine tech­nol­ogy. It is also claimed to be bank­ing on its CNG en­gines. The 400 cc CNG en­gine espe­cially, which is claimed to have wit­nessed a 100 per cent growth in the first half of FY201718 com­pared to the same pe­riod last year. Part­ner­ing with Greaves Cot­ton since en­ter­ing In­dia in 1999, Piaggio has pro­cured more than five mil­lion en­gines. To meet BSVI emis­sion reg­u­la­tions, Piaggio, there is lit­tle doubt, will bank on its long-stand­ing part­ner.

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