In order to capitalise on the Centre’s ambitious National Electric Mobility Mission Plan’ and to meet changing dynamics in the global automotive industry, Ashok Leyland on Tuesday said that it is future-ready with a range of powertrain technologies, including electric, hybrid and ethanol, to help produce zero-emission vehicles in India for exports.
The company has developed and showcased proto-types of its LCV ‘Dost’, 10 tonne electric truck, 10 tonne electric mini bus in this regard at its technology-cum-R&D centre near Chennai. The company also paraded the proto-type of the ‘Dost’ with the ethanol engine technology.
“We are future-ready to make vehicles based on alternative technologies. We will show the world that ALL is ready for electric, hybrid and ethanol engines based vehicles. It is only a matter of time before all these technologies become relevant and for mass consumption, particularly in India,” said N Saravanan, senior VP (product development) and head of R&D operations, Ashok Leyland.
Saravanan said: “The company has done performance /endurance level tests, vibration/simulation tests, six poster testing, among host of tests, with the proto-types. All these technologies have been developed inhouse and covers a low of 1.5 litre engine to 8 litre engine (60 HP to 360 HP).”
“We have reached a critical mass and it takes us at least two years to commercialise them, as these technologies have to be validated by the concerned regulatory authorities for mass market consumption and in next few months, we are going for validation tests,” he added.
The driving factors will be the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan, for which the Centre has earmarked R14,000 crore. “We expect the first tranche of R1,000 crore in a month’s time. We hope to see all STC (transport undertakings) to come out with their demands based on this mission, which would augur well for the company.”