Blue Energy Motors launches India’s first LNG powered truck


New Delhi: Pune-based Blue Energy Motors has launched India’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered truck. The launch was organized at the company’s manufacturing facility in Chakan, Pune. The plant also started in the first week of September. The green LNG truck launched on the market is called 5528 4×2.

The model was launched by Blue Energy Motors CEO Anirudh Bhuwalka who was accompanied by Iveco Group CEO Gerrit Marx, Iveco Group Powertrain Business President Sylvania Blaise and Italian Ambassador to India Vincenzo de Luca.

LNG is a form of natural gas that is commonly used in heavy-duty vehicles to meet long-distance transportation requirements. LNG is produced by supercooling natural gas and cryogenically storing it in liquid form.

Since the gas is in a liquid state, more fuel can be stored on board the vehicle, thus ensuring a longer range. Built by Blue Energy Motors, the 5528 4×2 truck is the first in the industry to have a 1,000-liter fuel tank, giving it a full range of 1,400 kilometers.

Commenting on the first launch of LNG trucks on Indian roads, Bhuwalka said, “The first LNG truck in India that we have launched today is our first step towards pioneering the green trucking revolution. We at Blue Energy Motors aim to decarbonize the environment by providing immediate solutions and breaking barriers to economic return.”

He added: “It is designed not only as an environmentally friendly solution, but also to meet the business needs of customers. With almost zero tailpipe emissions, our truck reduces CO 2 emissions by up to 30 percent compared to traditional solutions available on the market.

The chakan manufacturing plant was inaugurated on September 3 in the presence of Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari.

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