Chennai, November 6, 2023 – In a groundbreaking development for the Indian transportation industry, Ashok Leyland, the leading commercial vehicle manufacturer in India and the flagship company of the Hinduja Group, commenced the delivery of India’s inaugural LNG-powered haulage truck – the AVTR 1922. The delivery took place in Hosur, where the vehicle was handed over to Mahanagar Gas Limited, marking a significant stride towards a more sustainable and eco-friendly future.
Ashok Leyland’s Pioneering Achievement
Ashok Leyland now stands as the first Indian Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) to introduce an in-house LNG engine that complies with BSVI Stage II emission standards.
Key Insights from Mr. Sanjeev Kumar, President- MHCV, Ashok Leyland
Speaking on this momentous occasion, Mr. Sanjeev Kumar, President- MHCV at Ashok Leyland, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “We are delighted to deliver the first batch of AVTR 1922 LNG-powered haulage trucks to Mahanagar Gas Limited. Our steadfast commitment revolves around the dynamic needs of customers in the ever-evolving world of sustainable transportation. For over a decade, we have been at the forefront of the alternative energy landscape, beginning with our groundbreaking CNG buses. We firmly believe that our innovations in the alternate energy space will not only provide eco-conscious solutions but also ensure long-term profitability for our esteemed customers.”
Notable Features of the AVTR 1922 LNG-Powered Truck
- Proven 6-cylinder H-series engine.
- Built on the AVTR platform, India’s first and only fully modular truck platform.
- Performance optimized for Indian operating conditions.
- Factory-built cabin meeting all safety norms.
- Full metal front fascia for increased safety and easy reparability.
A New Milestone in India’s Commercial Vehicle Industry
This milestone reinforces Ashok Leyland’s commitment to providing eco-conscious solutions while ensuring a streamlined service and maintenance process for its customers. The AVTR 1922, powered by Liquified Natural Gas (LNG), shares a high degree of commonality with Ashok Leyland’s existing diesel truck range, setting new standards in the Indian commercial vehicle industry.
About Ashok Leyland
Ashok Leyland, a Hinduja group flagship, is India’s 2nd largest commercial vehicle manufacturer, the 4th largest global bus maker, and the 19th largest truck manufacturer. Based in Chennai, it has 9 plants worldwide, 7 in India, a UAE bus facility, one in the UK, and a joint venture with Alteams Group for automotive and telecom aluminum components. It’s a diversified auto industry player, ranked 34th in India.
A $4.5 billion company with a 75-year legacy, Ashok Leyland operates in 50 countries, offering trucks from 1T GVW to 55T GTW, including modular AVTR trucks. The LCV-Bada DOST is set to redefine customer experience. AVTR and LCV-Bada DOST, using i-GEN6 tech, elevate businesses. Millions travel on Ashok Leyland buses daily, and their trucks drive the economy.
Ashok Leyland also supplies logistics vehicles to the Indian Army and partners with global armed forces for defense and special applications. Their product line includes diesel engines for industrial, genset, and marine use.