Agility Fuel Solutions, a leading global provider of clean fuel solutions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, announces at the Busworld India tradeshow in Bengaluru that its efficient, globally-used clean energy storage and powertrain systems are being launched in the Indian market with a turnkey approach that includes design, manufacture, testing and aftermarket support, with the requisite local certifications and homologation.
In 2017, India’s Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO) approved the use of Type 4 cylinders in the automotive sector, opening the Indian market to these lightweight gas cylinders which have been widely used in vehicles in Europe and North America over the past 20 years. Agility’s Type 4 cylinders are manufactured using carbon fiber composite, the same material used in mission-critical aerospace and defense applications. These composite cylinders are 70% lighter than steel cylinders and offer superior safety with no corrosion or metal fatigue. This enables a fleet owner to have a bus that is up to 750 kg lighter than existing CNG buses with comparable fuel capacity.
Agility’s innovative product offerings enable a range of up to 800 km on CNG for buses and in excess of 1,500 km for trucks. These CNG storage systems, which Agility is introducing at Busworld India, open up the possibility for the first time of using CNG for long-range intercity buses and trucks in India.
With natural gas powertrain systems compliant to Euro 6 equivalent standards, CNG fuel management modules, and a range of other clean fuel solutions including propane, hydrogen, electric, and hybrids, Agility can help change the Indian transport industry to move towards clean propulsion systems and away from fossil fuels as desired by Indian policymakers.
Agility displayed its CNG storage systems and showcase its other capabilities at the Busworld India tradeshow in Bengaluru on August 29-31, 2018.
“We’re happy to start our Indian journey with lightweight CNG fuel systems tailored to the needs of the Indian market, backed by market support. We believe CNG is now a viable and cost effective option for fleets and automotive manufacturers since this can address Bharat Stage VI emissions requirements, immediately, well ahead of the 2020 target,” says Ravindra Vasisht, Agility’s Regional Director – India. “Agility’s long range CNG systems should make CNG buses and trucks a viable option across the country. And with its other clean fuel solutions like propane, hydrogen, electric and hybrids, Agility is future-ready to help improve air quality in India.”