Ashok Leyland Showcases Future Of CV Industry

Mobility Outlook Bureau
11 Jan 2023
12:25 PM
2 Min Read

At the Auto Expo 2023, the company exhibited its new portfolio of sustainable mobility solutions.

Shenu Agarwal, MD & CEO, Ashok Leyland and Dr N Saravanan, CTO, Ashok Leyland with the newly launched Boss EV

Ashok Leyland is showcasing seven advanced mobility solutions at the Auto Expo 2023, currently underway at Greater Noida, powered by electric and hydrogen options.

In addition to Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV), Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV), and Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engine (H2 ICE) Vehicle, the CV maker has also brought to the expo a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Vehicle, intercity CNG bus and a mini passenger bus.

The BOSS BEV is powered by a lithium-ion battery, which is charged externally. The FCEV, on the other hand, 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, said the company. In addition, the vehicle uses a lithium-ion battery, with an external charging provision, which helps it run as a limited battery vehicle. 

Ashok Leyland said its H2 ICE sustainable vehicle is similar to conventional combustion engines, with a few tweaks to run on hydrogen. This vehicle is equipped with ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistant System) for enhanced vehicle and road safety, it said.

The LNG vehicle Ashok Leyland has showcased is unique in the sense that it runs on dual-fuel – LNG and CNG. LNG vehicles, which are preferred in heavy duty vehicles to meet longer range requirements, work 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. 

The FCEV, H2-ICE, and LNG vehicles are built on the company’s AVTR Modular Vehicle Platform and incorporate majority of the sub-aggregates from its current diesel vehicles.

The company has also showcased an intercity 13.5 m bus (4X2), which is claimed to be the longest bus in the segment. The company also claims this bus has the most powerful turbocharged CNG engine in the country, can store 1,500 litre (255 kg) of CNG fuel, and delivers a range of approximately 1,000 km. 

Also on display is the 12-seater Bada Dost Xpress, a mini passenger bus that runs on CNG. 

“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,” said Dheeraj Hinduja, Executive Chairman, Ashok Leyland. 

Ashok Leyland’s range of new clean-energy products, covering both the truck and bus segments, underscores the company’s capability and readiness to lead the transformation in the road transportation sector, Hinduja said. “We will remain deeply invested in the cause of sustainability, aspiring to lead the market with our new-generation commercial vehicles.” 

We want to continue our path to innovate and leverage new technology to be a leader in sustainable and environment friendly mobility, said Shenu Agarwal, MD & CEO, Ashok Leyland. “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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