Fiat Auto and Tata Motors Joint Venture in India; Tata Considering Entry into China

Fiat Auto and Tata Motors announced the formation of their joint venture in India, located at the Fiat plant at Ranjangaon, in the State of Maharashtra. The Ranjangaon plant—with capacities to produce in excess of 100,000 cars and 200,000 engines and transmissions yearly—will manufacture vehicles for the Indian and overseas... Read more →


India’s BARC Developing Two Nuclear Reactor Designs for Hydrogen Production

The Compact High Temperature Reactor (CHTR) produces high temperature process heat for hydrogen production by water splitting. Click to enlarge. Business Standard. Mumbai (India)-based Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) is designing prototype versions of two new reactors that will produce hydrogen for use as a fuel: the Compact High Temperature... Read more →


Delhi to Introduce Hydrogen and Hydrogen-CNG Fuels in 2007

Hindustan Times. India’s first commercial hydrogen fueling pumps will begin operation at an Indian Oil Corporation (IOC)-owned station in Delhi in 2007. The station will feature a dispenser for pure hydrogen and one for a hydrogen blend with compressed natural gas. The cost is being shared by the IOC and... Read more →


Indian Automaker to Bring SUVs to US; Diesel-Electric Hybrids to Follow

New York Times. India’s leading sport utility maker—Mahindra & Mahindra—plans to sell its SUVs and pickup trucks in the United States through an American distributor, bringing Indian-made vehicles to the United States for the first time. The company will sell its vehicles through Global Vehicles USA., a distributor based in... Read more →


Air Pollution in Delhi Increasing with Rapid Growth in Diesel Cars

Monthly average of PM10 and NO2 in winter months of Sept to Feb during 1998-2006. Since 2004, the data shows an upward trend. Click to enlarge. A new assessment by India’s Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) of the trends in the peak pollution levels of Delhi during winter months... Read more →


NCL Introduces New Biodiesel Catalyst and Process

New Century Lubricants (NCL) has entered into an exclusive worldwide agreement with National Chemical Laboratory (NCL-India), a constituent laboratory of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research in India, to demonstrate and commercialize NCL’s new transesterification catalyst and process for the production of biodiesel fuels and biolubricants. The new ENSEL... Read more →


India Targets 60 MT of Biodiesel by 2030

Kerala. India plans to produce 60 million tonnes (MT) of biodiesel per year by 2030, according to President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. Addressing farmers who grow jatropha, President Kalam said during his one-day visit to Chhattisgarh that biodiesel could transform India’s oil scenario. “Jatropha is a vital tree for bio-diesel, farmers... Read more →


Orbital and Bajaj Expand Direct Injection Partnership to Gas-Fueled Three-Wheelers

Orbital uses compressed air to atomize the fuel charge in its direct-injection system rather than high pressure. Orbital Corporation and Bajaj Auto have expanded their licensing arrangements to cover liquid petroleum gas (LPG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) applications. In May 2004, the two announced a Technical Cooperation Agreement for... Read more →


US Partners with Pune, India on Diesel Retrofits and ULSD; Looks for Data for More Effective Strategies

The United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded a $296,000 grant to the city of Pune, in India’s Maharashtra state, to retrofit diesel-fueled buses with technologies designed to reduce toxic emissions and utilize low-sulfur diesel fuel, to test those technologies and to perform environmental impact assessments. The grant... Read more →


Indian State Plants 3 Million Saplings for Biodiesel Feedstock in 11 Hours

WebIndia123. The government of the Indian state of Chhattisgarh claims to have set a world record by planting at least three million saplings of Jatropha and Karanj in only 11 hours. Thousands of volunteers of the National Cader Corps (NCC), schoolchildren, village representatives, teachers and officials participated in the plantation... Read more →


Hydrogen Engine Center in MoU for Power Generation for Chemical Plants

Hydrogen Engine Center (HEC) and India’s Grasim Industries Ltd. have signed a joint technology and marketing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to bring HEC’s hydrogen engine technology (earlier post) to the chemical industry. Grasim has purchased an HEC hydrogen fueled Oxx Power generator set. HEC and Grasim will collaborate to develop... Read more →


Hyundai to Launch Diesel Sonata, CNG Small Cars in India

Sify. In an effort to counter “disappointing” sales, Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) plans to launch a diesel version of its premium Sonata model in October 2006, and introduce CNG-powered small cars by January 2007. HMIL Managing Director H S Lheem made the announcement to reporters in New Delhi. The... Read more →


Flooding Disrupts Half of India’s Natural Gas Production; CNG for Autos Threatened

Click to enlarge. Times of India. Heavy flooding in Gujarat has disrupted half of India’s production of natural gas for the second day. Power generation in the north of the country and CNG supplies to automobiles in the capital are threatened. Heavy monsoon rains have forced some 4.5 million from... Read more →


Fiat and Tata to Partner in India and Latin America

The Fiat Grande Punto Fiat Group and Tata Motors are establishing an industrial joint-venture in India to manufacture passenger vehicles, engines and transmissions for the Indian and overseas markets. Both Fiat and Tata vehicles are expected to be manufactured in the same industrial facility. Fiat will introduce, among others, its... Read more →


SIAM Proposing Testing for CNG-Hydrogen Vehicles in New Delhi

Business Standard. The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) has submitted a proposal to the ministry of non-conventional energy sources to conduct pilot testing of vehicles running on a blend of CNG and 10% hydrogen in New Delhi. SIAM, which represents the major automakers in India, will collaborate with Indian... Read more →


New CNG, LPG Cars for India

Maruti’s new LPG WagonR Several major automakers, including Maruti Udyog, Tata, Ford India, and Hyundai, are expanding their line-up or introducing their first-time offerings of alternative-fueled cars in the Indian market. Maruti Udyog, Suzuki’s Indian subsidiary, introduced India’s first LPG-powered car—the WagonR Duo—on Wednesday along with a new version of... Read more →


Delhi Nixes Two-Stroke Three-Wheelers; Conversion to Four-Stroke Mandatory

Hindustan Times. The Delhi Cabinet is mandating that all two-stroke three wheelers—regardless of fuel—convert to four stroke engines in an effort to reduce pollution in the city. The government will provider a Rs 6000 (US$128) subsidy to three-wheelers that had already converted from diesel to CNG to change to four... Read more →


Report: Sasol Considering Coal-to-Liquids Plant in India

The Indian press reports that Sasol may build a major Coal-to-Liquids plant in India. India had to import 68% of the 2.485 million barrels of oil per day it consumed in 2005, according to the BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2006. In June, Sasol signed two agreements with Chinese... Read more →


GM India to Introduce Minicar in 2007; CNG and Diesel Variants of Optra

Coming to India? The Chevrolet Matiz/Spark minicar. The Hindu. GM will launch a minicar in India during the first half of 2007, according to GM India President and Managing Director Rajeev Chaba. The minicar—rumored to be the Chevrolet Spark (earlier post)—will be produced at the Halol facility, and benefit from... Read more →


Indian President Calls for 60M Tonnes of Biodiesel/Year by 2030; 50% of Current Oil Consumption

At the conference. In a speech today to the Biodiesel Conference Towards Energy Independence, Indian President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam called for a national goal of producing 60 million tonnes of biodiesel (about 18 billion gallons US) per year by 2030. India currently consumes about 120 million tonnes of... Read more →


Increasing Number of Cars in Delhi Undoing Clean Air Gains; A Call to “Reverse Automobile Dependence”

More than half of the Indian cities monitored during 2004 recorded critical levels of PM10. Click to enlarge. The increasing number of private vehicles in Delhi is putting the city at risk of losing its hard-won gains in cleaner air, according to a new publication from the Centre for Science... Read more →


CleanFUEL USA Investing $5M in Indian Autogas (LPG) Stations

CleanFUEL USA, a US-based provider of alternative fuel and refueling infrastructure and engine systems to fleet management programs, is investing US$5 million $5 million in India to set up 160 outlets in mainly Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Punjab by 2008 to satisfy rising demand for autogas (liquefied... Read more →


Indian State to Plant 160 Million Jatropha Plants in Quest for Biofuel Self-Sufficiency

Kerala. The Indian state of Chhattisgarh will plant 160 million jatropha saplings in all its 16 districts this year with the aim of becoming a biofuel self-reliant state by 2015. (Earlier post.) Some 80 million of the jatropha plants are to be planted by the forest department in wasteland areas,... Read more →


Tata Motors and ATFCAN in CNG Bus Demo for New Delhi

Advanced Technologies & Fuels Canada Inc. (ATFCAN) and Tata Motors have entered into a partnership to launch a lean-burn compressed natural gas (CNG) bus demonstration project in New Delhi, India. The project will involve six buses designed for transit and intercity applications that feature new CNG engine and fuel storage... Read more →


Hyundai Considers Hybrids and Natural Gas Vehicles for India

Business Standard. Hyundai Motor (HMC) is exploring the possibility of introducing hybrid vehicles as well as vehicles running on compressed natural gas (NGV) in the Indian market, according to a manager for the company in India. Hyundai unveiled a mild-hybrid version of the Accent sedan in december 2005 at the... Read more →


Nissan to Develop 1-Liter Car for Emerging Markets

The Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported that Nissan plans to develop a global strategic vehicle with an engine displacement of about 1 liter targeted at China, India and other emerging markets. The company reportedly will spend more than ¥100 billion (US$843 million) to produce about 600,000 units a year—nearly 20% of... Read more →


D1 Oils Inks Indian Jatropha Planting Agreement with Largest Tea Producer

D1 Oils plc, the UK-based global producer of biodiesel, has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Williamson Magor & Co. to form a joint venture company to develop jatropha plantations with farmers in North East India. The joint venture will aim to plant approximately 25,000 hectares (about 97... Read more →


BP to Fund Indian Biodiesel Production Study

BP will fund a $9.4 million project by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh to demonstrate the feasibility of producing biodiesel from Jatropha Curcas, a non-edible oil bearing crop. The project, which is expected to take 10 years, will cultivate around 8,000 hectares... Read more →


India to Plow US$1 Billion into Oil Sands

Globe and Mail. India plans to invest US$1-billion in Canadian oil sands assets over the next 12 months, according to M.S. Srinivasan, secretary of India’s Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. As many as four Indian companies are looking to invest in the region, with an eye to early-stage developments,... Read more →


Cummins and Tata Expand Indian Diesel Engine Production

The Cummins ISB Cummins and India-based Tata Motors have signed an agreement that will allow their joint venture in India, Tata Cummins Ltd. (TCL), to begin manufacturing the ISB diesel engine in the near future. TCL currently produces approximately 69,000 Cummins B Series engines a year. Under the agreement, TCL... Read more →


Indian Manufacturers Introduce Hydrogen and Hybrid Vehicles

A conventional Alpha Indian vehicle manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra introduced a hydrogen-fueled three-wheeler and a prototype for a diesel hybrid SUV at the Auto Expo in New Delhi. Tractor maker Sonalika Group also introduced a hydrogen-powered three-wheeler. Mahindra & Mahindra’s HY-Alpha three-wheeler fuels a single cylinder combustion engine with 1.3... Read more →


Canada Contributes C$3.6 Million to Natural Gas Vehicle Project in India

The Government of Canada will contribute C$3.6 million (US$3.1 million) through the Climate Change Technology Early Action Measures (TEAM) program to a consortium of companies that is developing and demonstrating natural gas vehicles (NGV) in India. The project, designed to demonstrate the potential for reduction of greenhouse gases through the... Read more →


India’s Hydrogen Roadmap: 1M Hydrogen Vehicles and 1,000 MW Hydrogen Power by 2020

Tata Handing Over the H2 Roadmap The Indian national steering group on hydrogen energy, headed by industrialist Ratan Tata, has developed a roadmap to have 1 million hydrogen-fueled vehicles—combustion-engine as well as fuel-cell vehicles—on Indian roads by 2020 and to generate 1,000 MW of power through hydrogen-fueled plants. Tata presented... Read more →


Ford CEO Launches New Fiesta in India; May Build Hybrids There

In an indication of the increasing importance of the Indian market, Ford Motor Company Chairman and CEO Bill Ford made his first visit to India this week to launch the Ford Fiesta, an all-new sedan developed specifically for that market by Ford’s global engineering team. As we accelerate our effort... Read more →


Indian Oil Launches First HCNG Station

Indian Oil Corporation has launched India’s first Hydrogen-CNG (HCNG) fueling station at its R&D Centre at Faridabad near Delhi. The Indian Oils R&D team will study the performance and emission characteristics of the vehicles operating with 5%–30% hydrogen blended with CNG and stored onboard at 200 bar. Indian Oils plans... Read more →


Largest Indian Integrated Sugar Refinery to Double Ethanol Production

Sify. Simbhaoli Sugar Mills Limited, the largest integrated sugar refinery in India, is doubling its current ethanol production output from 18 million liters (4.8 million gallons US) per year to 36 million liters (9.5 million gallons US) per year by setting up a new 60,000 liters/day ethanol plant adjacent to... Read more →


D1 to Open First Indian Biodiesel Refinery in 2006

PTI. UK-Based D1 Oils will open its first Indian biodiesel refinery in Chennai early next year. D1 Oils, which has formed a joint venture with Mohan Breweries and distilleries, plans to produce 8,000 metric tons of oil from jatropha in the initial year. It has begun large-scale jatropha cultivation in... Read more →


Fiat and Tata Motors Explore Strategic Alliance

As rumored and expected, Fiat and Tata Motors have signed of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to analyze the feasibility of cooperation in the development, manufacturing, sourcing and distribution of passenger cars and components. The two companies are establishing a joint team to determine the feasibility and specificity of the... Read more →


India May Cut Taxes on Small Cars While Bumping Taxes on Guzzlers

The Telegraph. Indian finance minister P. Chidambaram told CEOs of automobile firms assembled at the annual SIAM convention that the government may reduce taxes on smaller, fuel-efficient cars while raising them on older, oil-thirsty vehicles. The statement came in response to a suggestion by Maruti Udyong Managing Director Jagdish Khattar... Read more →


Ovonics, Bajaj Hydrogen ICE Three-Wheeler on Display in India

The H2 ICE system for the threewheeler. Click to enlarge. A prototype three-wheeler (autorickshaw) developed by ECD Ovonics and Bajaj Auto (BAL) and powered by a hydrogen-burning internal combustion engine (H2ICE) is on display for the first time at the annual convention of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers. For... Read more →


Indian Oil and Auto Companies Working On Hydrogen-CNG Vehicles

IANS. State-owned Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) is working with Indian automobile companies Tata, Mahindra and Mahindra and Eicher to lay the foundation for a more widespread commercialization of vehicles using a blend of hydrogen and compressed natural gas (HCNG). Indian Oil is primarily studying blends of 10%–30% hydrogen in CNG.... Read more →


Indian Oil Companies Organize to Buy Biodiesel from Entrepreneurs

IANS. State-owned oil marketing companies in India will set up 20 depots across the country to buy biodiesel from entrepreneurs for blending with diesel. To ensure quality procurement the companies—Indian Oil Corp, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum—will set up laboratories alongside the collection depots to test the quality of biodiesel... Read more →


Another Fuel-Efficient Compact Diesel on the Global Market: Suzuki New Swift @ 51 MPG US

Suzuki new Swift Suzuki’s compact new Swift, unveiled in March at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show, is now hitting global showrooms in its diesel as well gasoline configurations. The new Swift is a “global” car—designed for world markets, it is to be manufactured in Hungary, Japan, China and India. (Suzuki... Read more →


President of India Calls for Energy Independence; Heavy Emphasis on Biofuels

The growing transportation sector uses the bulk of oil in India. In a speech to the nation on the even of India’s 59th Independence Day, Indian President A.P.J Abdul Kalam called for energy independence by 2030 to be the country’s “first and highest priority.” President Kalam outlined a three-part plan... Read more →


CNG Conversion Company Expands in China and India

Hybrid Fuel Systems has finalized an exclusive 15-year agreement with WITCO International for resale of its conversion systems in China and India. HFS offers a family of conversion systems enabling light-, medium- or heavy-duty gasoline or diesel engines to displace up to 80% of conventional fuel with natural gas or... Read more →