A standalone bus unit of Volvo, Volvo Buses India, has merged with Volvo India, effective December 31, 2015. VRV Sriprasad will continue to lead the Volvo Bus business in India, and report to Akash Passey, Senior Vice President, Volvo Bus Corporation. The move is aimed at building a unified legal entity. Kamal Bali, Managing Director, Volvo India, said, “Given the circumstances, it is quite natural for all businesses and brands of the Group to be part of a unified legal organisation in order to harness synergies, competencies, create greater efficiency and responsiveness at the back-end, leading to better customer experience.” With the move, Volvo India will now hold most of the manufacturing and business units under it.
The collection of green tax (ECC) to discourage the entry of diesel vehicles in Delhi seems to have developed certain anomalies, especially post the Supreme Court (SC) order directing the doubling of taxes. Industry sources have claimed that the toll collection staff and the company contracted with the task of collecting the toll refused to comply with the SC order in the first week of November 2015. This is said to be due to the fear of resistance from truck operators. With green tax at Rs. 1400 for smaller twin-axle trucks and to Rs. 2600 for multi-axle heavy trucks, an estimated 15 to 20 per cent of the collections are estimated to have gone unaccounted for. Since November 06, 2015, the date of actual implementation, IFTRT sources claiming to keep a tab on ECC collection points across have demanded a high level investigation over the alleged evasion.
The Dharward plant of Tata Motors has bagged the National Energy Conservation Award 2015 in the automobile sector. The award was conferred upon Tata Motors by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). Perhaps the youngest among the various Tata Motors plants in India, the Dharwad plant is claimed to have achieved a 12 per cent reduction in energy consumption in FY2014-15 over FY 2013-14 by adopting various initiatives to reduce High Speed Diesel (HSD) and power consumption. Initiatives to reduce HSD include development of low temperature degreasing chemical for Aquence Chemical Coating (ACC) line, modification of ACC and Powder Chemical Coating (PCC) oven nozzles and modification of hot water circulation system in paint shop. In order to reduce power consumption, other initiatives included installation of a Variable Speed Drive (VSD) for blowers in BIW Shop, usage of portable compressors in paint shop during colour change, and relocation of chiller unit outside the paint shop.
Volvo Eicher Commercial Vehicles has introudced advanced telematics on its Eicher brand of trucks and buses. Called ‘Eicher Live’, the advanced telematics solution has been developed by keeping the end user in mind. Claimed to support profitable fleet management, Eicher Live is claimed to have been built on trucking intelligence that monitors vehicle movement, fuel consumption and maintenance needs. The system is available as a company installed feature in the Eicher Pro series range of trucks and buses – the flagship Pro 8000 series and the smart Pro 6000 series. Providing real time dashboard data analytics of the fleet with advanced features like Advance Breakdown Assistance, Dynamic Service Reminders and Pro-active Service, Eicher Live is made up of a hardware unit (Telematics Gateway), an intelligence vehicle electronic module, and a mobile sim card that connects to the Eicher Live hub.
In a bid to strengthen its presence in the cold chain logistics sector, Eicher Trucks and Buses has introduced a series of new reefer trucks in the Pro 1000 and Pro 6000 series category. The trucks include the Pro 1059XP reefer, Pro 1110XP reefer and Pro 6025 reefer. They come with an option of 14 ft., 20 ft. and 24 ft. reefer structure, and have a Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of between seven tonnes and 25-tonnes. Claimed to offer optimal fuel efficiency, the reefer truck range is claimed to have been equipped with a new refrigeration unit, which operates in a temperature range of (-) 25 degree Celsius to (+) 25 degree Celsius under ambient conditions of 50 degree Celsius.
Scania Commercial Vehicles India unveiled its Bio-fuel powered flagship Citywide bus and the Premium Scania G310 truck at the Auto Expo 2016. Mikael Benje, Managing Director, Business Unit, Scania India said, “ Continuing our focus on sustainable transport solutions, we will increase the manufacturing of vehicles that can run on alternate fuel (biofuel) engines at our Narasupara plant in India” “We will continue to highlight the benefits of local waste, for local fuel, for local transport across India starting with the introduction of ethanol based green buses in India,” he concluded. Capabe of running on fossil fuels (diesel) as well as renewable fuels like bio-ethanol, bio-diesel and bio-methane, the Citywide bus is claimed to be India’s first bio-fuel powered commercial bus, and is compatible with all commercially available bio-fuels complying with BS1V, Euro 5, and Euro 6. Alongwith it, Scania also launched a high performance G310 haulage tractor for the India market. The G310 haulage truck, a new category for Scania is aimed at realising optimal Total Operating Economy (TOE). G310 offers key features like OptiCruise, a fully automated gear shifting system, and an active traction control that claims to provide all wheels with enough traction to keep the vehicle stable in case of a wheel slip. Apart from the two, Scania also showcased Scania R580 truck and the Metrolink 14.5 meter bus.
Taxi aggregator ‘ApnaCabs’ authorised by the government has come to launch its services in Mumbai. The approval from Maharashtra government has come under the ‘Call Taxi Scheme 2010’. Mumbaikars can avail of a kaali-peeli taxi or a cool cab by dialing on the hotline number or by downloading the ApnaCabs mobile application instead. Apart from every ApnaCab being tracked through Gps, a commuter of ApnaCab can also make use of a panic button for assistance in case of any untoward situation. With operations commencing in Mumbai, it is expected to soon enter the Delhi Market where 100 drivers approximately have been claimed to have signed up. 500 taxis additionally are expected to be added to the existing fleet of 1,600 kaali-peeli taxis and cool cabs.