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Tata Motors & Westport Innovations launch natural gas engine

Snapshot: The spark ignited natural gas engine is meant for use in medium commercial vehicles.

Indian auto major Tata Motors along with Canada’s Westport Innovations have today introduced a new spark-ignited natural gas engine that will be used to power medium commercial vehicles in India by the end of 2014. The said engine features the Westport WP580 Engine Management System  (EMS) and is designed in such a way that it will be able to support various configurations. The EMS is scheduled to be applied to Tata Motors’ 5.7-litre engine for medium commercial vehicles. The two companies claim that their new system has been designed to met Euro VI emission standards. 

"By combining our unique technology and Tata's leadership in India's commercial vehicles market, we are able to introduce new natural gas products and target the mainstream transportation markets in one of the world's fastest-growing markets for natural gas vehicles," Westport Innovation’s executive vice president Mr Thomas Rippon said. He claimed the Westport WP580 offers 'breakthrough price, performance, and flexibility' for original equipment manufacturers, allowing them to use the advanced technology even in cost-effective markets such as China and India. 

"India has one of the largest natural gas light-duty vehicle fleets in the world and we see an enormous opportunity for natural gas trucks and buses with the development of fuelling infrastructure," Tata Motors’ head of Power Systems Engineering, ERC Mr Rajendra Petkar said. 

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