Scania launches India’s first bio-fuel bus
Scania Commercial Vehicles India Pvt. Ltd (Scania India), launched India’s first alternative fuel (ethanol-driven) bus in Nagpur on a trial-run basis. Mr. Anders Grundströmer, Managing Director, Scania Commercial Vehicles India and Senior Vice President, Scania Group and Mr. Sivakumar V, Director – Sales, Scania Commercial Vehicles India handed over the bus keys to Shri Nitin Gadkari, Honourable Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Rural Development, Government of India in the presence of Shri Sanjay Gangopadhyaya, Jt. Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Prof. Shri Anil Sole, Mayor, Nagpur City and Shri Shyam Wardhane, Commissioner, NMC. The key hand over was followed by the flag-off of the bus by Shri Nitin Gadkari in the presence of NMC officials.
India’s in need of these alternative fuel buses, as the country imports petrol, diesel and gas worth over Rs 6 lakh crore every year. India plans reduce the imports by at least Rs 2 lakh crore by using alternative fuels. Ethanol-run bus project is the first initiative in this direction. Moreover, compared to a conventional diesel engine, ethanol-powered vehicles can reduce fossil carbon dioxide emissions by up to 90 percent, thus making the environment pollution free.
Ministry for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping announced that the Central Government would provide 200-500 ethanol-run buses to Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) under the ‘Green Bus‘ project. States like Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, will be benefited by this project as these 4 states are largest producers of ethanol.
Not only in India, but Scania has also supplied these type of buses for more than 20 years to countries in European countries like Great Britain, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Norway and other countries around the globe with successful operational and environmental results. With this ethanol bus Scania introduced an engine complying with Bharat stage 5 (BS-5), which is a huge step to minimize emissions further.
Indian Commercial vehicle manufacturers also has the ability to produce hybrid vehicles as Ashok Leyland has supplied Hybrid electric buses to countries like United Kingdom (UK). Keeping this in mind, the Union Ministry is bringing a policy to exempt electric-run vehicles from tax.
The trial-run of these ethanol-fuel buses has been set for a period of one year and will be monitored by a team of professionals from Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) based at Pune, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Ministry would be maintaining these data.