In a joint effort by Petronet LNG, Indian Oil Corporation, and Tata Motors, LNG powered bus was launched by KSRTC.
The launching of the LNG-fueled bus is part of the ministry of petroleum and natural gas’ plan to use LNG in mass transportation and to reduce carbon emissions.
According to a statement by the ministry of petroleum and natural gas, the bus was delivered to the Kochi LNG terminal for fueling, adding that the LNG fuel tank was provided by Chart Industries.
The LNG-fueled bus will run on a trial basis as a part of a pilot project before it can be certified for commercial application.
The government of India said that it is planning to use LNG as a fuel for railways and long-haul transportation. The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation which has a fleet of 6,000 buses, has already announced plans to use natural gas.
Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH) has already released draft notification for use of LNG as an automotive fuel with a final notification expected to be released soon.
Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organization (PESO) has formed an expert committee to form regulations for installation of LNG fuel tank and dispensing stations, which is also expected to be released at an early date.
Tata Motors is working overtime to get regulatory approvals including those from Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI). Tata motors have not signed any agreement with Kerala as yet or any other state. Kerala is keen to place an order for 1,000 buses with Tata and and the company have offered to make 10% of that (100) to be LNG-powered.