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Construction : Feature | January 2018 | Source : CW-India

We have modified the vehicle design to improve on the technology

With the current impetus on construction and infrastructure projects, for Tata Motors the construction sector will grow over the next two to three years. 'We at Tata Motors are also betting big on tippers now and the subsequent years going forward because of the positive growth and demand drivers,' says Rajesh Kaul, Head-Sales & Marketing-M&HCV, Commercial Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors. He shares more...

Technological innovations: Our product Prima of 300 hp offers EGR technology. Each product over 150 hp works on the SCR technology. The engine in itself burns out the particulate matter at high temperatures and transfers this through the diesel exhaust fluid in the decomposition area and exhaust processor. We also have a concept called Tata Ok, through which we offer resale support. To improve efficiency, we have modified the vehicle design to improve on the technology. We have our Ultimax suspension as a solution for all terrain compatibility. Our products are also light in weight. In tippers, we have introduced steel bodies to reduce the weight between 700-1,500 kg. We have also improved on  transmissions, bringing in six speed transmissions that benefit the driver. In developed countries, high  torque capacity transmissions range from nine speeds to 12 speeds. These transmissions give our customers equipment of the best quality. At Tata Motors, we carry out an integrated R&D with a budget of Rs 2,500 crore. This research is exclusively for engineering and commercial vehicles.

Global trends: Engine is one major element, which calls for maintenance. Electrification will bring down the maintenance and running cost. It depends on the cost of electricity. However, battery technology is an area today that needs improvement. It is not yet viable for a commercial vehicle of every kind. The vehicles amenable for electrification are the city buses where they make huge sense, also last mile passenger transport or last mile goods transport vehicles make sense.
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