Commercial Vehicle

Tata Motors buoyant on CNG


Tata Motors with its Tata Tiago and Tigor iCNG variants is buoyant on the reception of CNG drivetrain­s joining the mix. Claimed to score high on performanc­e, safety, smart technology and segment-first features like single advance ECU, auto switch over between fuels, direct start in CNG (a segment-first), and a faster refuelling besides the digital instrument cluster. Introducin­g the technology in the Tata Tiago and Tigor in the first phase, the company could build on it for fleet customers. 45 per cent of its I&LCV range is now CNG. Fuel is the single biggest cost contributo­r for fleet operators. With fuel prices refusing to cool down any further, the price differenti­al at approximat­ely Rs.29 between CNG and diesel (taking Mumbai as the base case*) and the growing government impetus on expanding the CNG infrastruc­ture in the country, Original Equipment Manufactur­ers (OEMs) are also expanding their mix with factory-fitted CNG-variants. A preferred choice with fleet aggregator­s, CNG kits, have been the mainstay for owner-operators.

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