March 10, 2006

Indian truck manufacturer to use Canadian CNG technology

Ottawa, Ontario – Tata Motors, a leading bus and truck maker in India, has signed a deal with ATF Advanced Technologies & Fuels Canada (ATFCAN) to provide compressed natural gas (CNG) engines and fuel storage systems. ATFCAN is a not-for-profit company based in Ottawa, which concentrates on making clean energy technology commercially viable.

Work on the project is to start immediately, and the buses are expected to be in operation in the Fall of 2006.

Cummins Westport of Vancouver will make the engines, while Dynetek Industries of Calgary will supply the storage systems. Funding from the Government of Canada’s Technology Early Action Measures program will make $423,000 available to Dynetek through ATFCAN for the project.

The “lean-burn” engines will meet stricter emissions standards, while the roof-mounted cylinders are more than 60 per cent lighter than existing systems. About 94,000 vehicles in New Delhi and 154,000 vehicles in Mumbai run on CNG. In 2002, a Supreme Court order mandated New Delhi’s entire bus fleet to convert to CNG to improve air quality.

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