Mahindra has launched a new, heavy-duty version of the Supro. It is fitted with a stronger, eight leaf spring suspension, and engineered to carry more load. Priced at Rs.4.63 lakhs, ex-showroom Mumbai, the Supro heavy-duty is part of the company’s ‘Profitrucks’, and offers higher load carrying capacity and a strong earning potential. Claimed to set new standards in the market by providing a bigger cargo box and higher payload, the Supro heavy-duty is made at the company’s integrated facility at Chakan, Pune. The SCV has been subjected to rigorous test cycles and has been validated on all performance, safety and reliability parameters according to the company. the vehicle comes with a warranty of two years or 60,000 km (whichever is earlier).
Various elements of the Indian automotive industry have responded to the Union Budget 2018. Ravi Chawla, Managing Director, Gulf Oil Lubricants India Limited, has expressed that the budget lays out a robust framework to ensure India’s long-term economic growth. Stating that the government’s decision to focus on the rural economy facilitates a broad-based economic growth, Chawla mentioned that the focus on infrastructure development with enhanced allocation of almost Rupees-six lakh crore in FY2018-19 will play a key role in propelling the growth of lubricants industry, which is witnessing positive development in heavy vehicles and construction equipment segments. Partner and Leader – Automotive at PwC India, Kavan Mukhtyar, expressed that a significant push for rejuvenating the rural economy and improving economic development through better infrastructure connectivity will be positive for tractors, utility vehicles, and commercial vehicles. He forecasted a boost in demand over the medium-term for the Indian automotive sector because of the attention to rural agriculture, infrastructure, and SMEs. Vipin Sondhi, MD & CEO, JCB India Ltd., described the budget as balanced. “The focus on agriculture, rural development, healthcare and a continued thrust on infrastructure will lead to favourable opportunities for growth as far as the Indian Construction Equipment Industry is concerned,” he said.
The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) has submitted a ‘White Paper’ on Electric Vehicles to the Government in-line with the Vision of Government of India to have 100 per cent electric public mobility solutions, and 40 per cent electric personal mobility solutions by 2030. The paper also delves upon taking it further, and to a level where a complete shift to electric vehicle regime is achieved by the 100th year of India’s independence. Representing most automakers in India, SIAM, through the ‘White Paper’ has drawn a vision where new vehicle sales in the country will be hundred per cent electric (battery electric and fuel cell vehicles) in nature by 2047. The roadmap suggested in the ‘White Paper’ includes all-new vehicle sales for intra-city public transport fleets to be electric by 2030, and 40 per cent of all new vehicle sales in the country to be electric vehicles by 2030. The roadmap has also suggested 60 per cent of all new vehicle sales in the country to employ greener technologies like hybrid and other alternative fuels by 2030. To ensure smooth phasing in of pure electric vehicles to sustain the transition to cleaner fossil fuel vehicles, the internal combustion engine upgradation should continue over the next decade. Progressively cleaner fossil fuel vehicles would be an essential stepping stone in the journey to hundred percent electric vehicle regime.
Inaugurating a new 3S dealership for CVs at Nashik, Tata Motors has increased their CV dealership count in Maharashtra to 22. Spread over an area of 41,000 sq. ft., the dealership Ujwal Automotives is strategically located on the Mumbai Agra highway. Fully equipped with 14 bays that are handled by professionally trained technicians, the new 3S dealership has the capacity to service 36 vehicles per day. Set to cater to a full range of Tata CVs, the dealership will not only sell and service but also provide spares. Complementing the network of 93 Tata Authorized Service Stations (TASS), which take the count of service facilities in Maharashtra by Tata Motors to 148, Ujwal Automotives will provide modern amenities like an air-conditioned customer lounge, driver restrooms, and more. A key part of the equipment the dealership has invested in is an advanced wheel alignment unit.
PTC has announced the selection of its PLM Windchill PLM solution by automakers as their PLM backbone for production, and for sourcing Bill Of Material (BOM). Claiming Windchill be to an enabler for globally configuring and releasing automobiles to production, the company has highlighted the application of ThingWorx Navigate role-based solution too. This solution enables fast and easy ecosystem access to product data, and in combination with Windchill, is claimed to improve efficiency and achieve leaner production planning process. Both solutions are offered as a subscription licensing model, and will also support concurrent production planning.
Ashok Leyland has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with Phinergy, Israel, for the development of varying energy management solutions to the customers. Phinergy has developed cutting edge technology solutions for the use of aluminum-air batteries for EVs and other applications. Ashok Leyland and Phinergy will tailor the unique technology to meet the demanding high-energy requirements of CVs in the Indian market. The two will also work towards the adaptation of unique, competitive, and sustainable solutions for high-energy applications in the CV space. The first few protos that employ Phinergy’s technology offerings are expected to be operational in the next three months. These would also double up as trial pilots according to S.A. Sundaresan, Head of eMobility Tech, Ashok Leyland. Mentioned Karthick Athmanathan, Head – EV and eMobility Solutions, Ashok Leyland, “We are committed to offering our customers competitive solutions with various options that use cutting edge technology.”
With the Circuit electric bus on trial, Ashok Leyland, from its association with Phinergy is also expected to develop differentiated, competitive solutions for its clients. It is not surprising therefore that the CV OEM sees good potential for Phinergy’s technology in India to add to its portfolio of EVs, and to adopt an innovative approach towards electric commercial vehicles that move people as well as goods. With a focus on weight management such that the weight of the batteries does not come in the way of payload, or carrying capacity, Phinergy, in association with Ashok Leyland, is keen to see its high technology solutions to address the requirements of Indian clients in the area of costs, range and reliability. Said Aviv Tzidon, CEO, Phinergy, “We are excited to be a part of India’s EV ecosystem. With a strong Indian player like Ashok Leyland who also has a commanding global presence, we are looking forward to rapidly developing our offerings and scaling up operations for CV applications in India. We worked closely with Ashok Leyland over the last year, and given the grid and power position in most markets, we will offer e-CVs, which for the first time have a grid-independent solution. It will be cost-effective and emissions-free.”
MAN Trucks India has unveiled a new CLA front-engine bus chassis. Offered in two guises – a 8.250 (4×2) and 22.300 (6×2) multi-axle, the bus chassis is powered by MAN D-0836 turbo-diesel engine that produces 250 hp and 300 hp respectively. Having high localisation levels, the bus chassis is made by MAN Trucks India at its Pithampur plant. Aimed at inter-city application, the CLA bus chassis, conforming to BSIV emission norms and equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, is claimed to be robust and tailored to withstand the tough operating conditions in the Indian sub-continent. The CV OEM has certified three leading bus body builders in India to build bodies on.