India’s first LNG-powered green trucks launched by Pune-based Blue Energy Motors

Earlier this month, clean fuel company Blue Energy Motors (BEM) launched India’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fuelled green truck manufacturing plant in Chakan, Pune, closely followed by an announcement on September 12th that it has launched its first LNG trucks with BS VI-compliant engines.

The facility was opened on September 2nd and reflects BEM’s intention to ‘disrupt the trucking industry in India’ by manufacturing clean energy, near-zero emission trucks.

Having consented to an arrangement with FPT Industrial – the global powertrain brand of Iveco Gathering (IVG) – the organization will send off its first trucks with FPT’s BS VI-compliant engines, capable of decreasing CO2 emissions up to 30% contrasted with ‘conventional solutions’, as per BEM.

“India’s first LNG truck manufacturing facility in Chakan, Pune, is our first step towards pioneering the green trucking revolution. We at BEM aim to decarbonize the environment by providing an immediate solution and breaking the barriers of economic returns.”

Anirudh Bhuwalka, CEO, BEM

A 5528 4×2 tractor will be the first model, equipped with the FPT N67 NG engine, utilizing a 1,000 liter-cryogenic tank for transportation of the LNG cargo.

Regarded as one of the most powerful natural gas engines in the market, FPT’s technology is compatible with compressed natural gas (CNG), LNG, and biomethane.

The engine harnesses stoichiometric combustion to optimize fuel consumption and reduce noise in comparison with diesel engines.

“We are pleased and proud that BEM has chosen us for this major evolution in Indian commercial transport. This agreement is of the utmost importance for FPT Industrial, now and in the future, as we want our leading technologies to play a key role to support the ecological transition of one of the world’s largest vehicle markets.”

Sylvain Blaise, President of Iveco Group Powertrain Business Unit.

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