Ashok Leyland, an Indian flagship of the Hinduja Group and the country’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturer, showcased seven advanced mobility solutions at the Auto Expo 2023.
The company which has been a forerunner in introducing cutting-edge technologies, demonstrated its futuristic vehicle range, powered by electric and hydrogen options.
Details of Ashok Leyland showcase at the Auto Expo 2023:
Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV): Ashok Leyland's BOSS Battery Electric Vehicle, designed for a green, sustainable world, is full of opportunities. It runs on a battery that powers the motor that drives the vehicle. This vehicle uses a Lithium ion battery - which is charged externally. To provide payload advantage, this vehicle comes with lightweight design.
Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV): Ashok Leyland's Fuel cell electric truck is powered by Hydrogen. In the fuel cell, atmospheric oxygen along with hydrogen produce electricity, that powers the power electronics and further the motor that drives the vehicle. This vehicle uses a Lithium ion battery, with an external charging provision, to run as a limited battery vehicle. To ensure maximum safety, this vehicle comes with Leak Detection System.
Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engine Vehicle (H2-ICE): The HICEV - Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engine Vehicle, is powered by a renewable and clean energy source, Hydrogen. The sustainable vehicle, coupled with advanced technology, is powering a safer and smarter future. H2-ICEs are similar to conventional combustion engines and only a few tweaks are made to convert them to run on hydrogen. This vehicle is equipped with ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistant System) for enhanced vehicle and road safety.
Liquefied Natural Gas Vehicle (LNG): Ashok Leyland leads the curve by introducing the unique dual-fuel vehicle, Liquefied Natural Gas Vehicle that runs on LNG and CNG. Its smart and sustainable fuel system propels us toward a prosperous and greener future. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) vehicles works similar to gasoline-powered vehicles with a spark-ignited internal combustion engine. The natural gas is super-cooled and cryogenically stored in liquid form in a tank mounted on the truck. LNG is typically preferred in heavy-duty vehicles to meet longer range requirements.
FCEV, H2-ICE, and LNG are built on AVTR Modular Vehicle Platform and incorporate majority of the sub-aggregates from successfully running current diesel vehicles that are proven for performance.
Intercity Compressed natural gas bus (13.5 CNG bus): Ashok Leyland’s 13.5 m intercity CNG Bus (4X2), the longest bus in the segment, runs on India’s most powerful turbo charged CNG Engine. In this vehicle 1500 Liters (255 kg) of CNG fuel is stored in light weight composite cylinders which are safely mounted over the frame and has a range of approximately 1000 kms. The 13.5 m bus comes with a maximized luggage space of 11 cubic meters, highest among the CNG buses, and also offers 20% higher passenger capacity with 36 berths, highest in the segment.
Bada Dost Xpress (Powered by compressed natural gas – CNG): Bada Dost Xpress, a mini passenger bus that prioritizes environment, comfort and performance. Powered by the next generation engine, this vehicle is ideal for both city & highway driving. Designed ergonomically to seat 12 passengers, Bada Dost Xpress redefines passenger comfort with easy entry and exit. The grab rails, safety handles, and anti-skidding flooring make walking inside the passenger saloon safer and easier. With optional features of A.C. and Vehicle tracking system (VTS), Bada Dost Xpress is sure to deliver superior performance for profitable operations.
Dheeraj Hinduja, Executive Chairman, Ashok Leyland, launching the new alternative energy products said, “Ashok Leyland has always been a pioneer in introducing state-of-the-art technologies in the commercial vehicle space. Through this futuristic and innovative product portfolio, we have once again demonstrated our technological leadership, and more importantly our commitment to the Clean Mobility Mission. The range of our new clean-energy products, covering both the truck and bus segments, underscores our capability and readiness to lead the transformation in the road transportation sector. We will remain deeply invested in the cause of sustainability, aspiring to lead the market with our new-generation commercial vehicles.”
Sharing his views, Shenu Agarwal, MD & CEO, Ashok Leyland commented, “We are delighted to showcase our offerings here at the Auto Expo 2023. The automotive sector has seen a wave of technological upgrade in the last two years with green fuel being the future of the industry. Having one of the best R&D teams in the country, we want to continue our path to innovate and leverage new technology to be a leader in sustainable and environment friendly mobility. Our aim is to make India's alternate fuel segment self-reliant and be one of the flag bearers of the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ campaign.”
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