CORPORATE NEWS

Greenfuel Achieves ISO 14001:2004 Certification

Greenfuel has established and maintains an environmental system according the requirements of EN ISO 14001 : 2004 “Environmental Management System” for: Assembly and testing of High Pressure Components for gas propelled automobiles.

Certification to ISO 14001 standards requires an accredited third party auditing organization to thoroughly review the Company’s internal quality management system processes and environmental management system, respectively, to ensure that they are capable of consistently delivering a service that meets customers’ needs and expectations.

ISO 14001 sets out the criteria for an effective Environmental Management System (EMS) and is an integral part of the European Union's Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS).

This is proof of the company’s desire to monitor and control the environmental impact of its own manufacturing activities, and to constantly strive for “improvement” in a coherent, efficient and – most importantly – sustainable manner.

 

 

 
DOMESTIC NEWS

HONDA AMAZE CNG VARIANT LAUNCHED PRICED AT Rs 599,585

NEW DELHI: Honda Cars India Ltd. (HCIL) has launched its CNG-ready variant of compact sedan Honda Amaze priced at Rs. 599,585 for 1.2 S MT Plus (i-VTEC) which includes Rs. 54,315 for installation of CNG kit. The new variant will come with a 2-year warranty as standard value for all buyers.

Commenting on the introduction of the new variant, Jnaneswar Sen, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Honda Cars India said, "At HCIL, we constantly work towards enhancing customer experience through our products and services. We are extremely happy to bring the Amaze with a CNG option for our customers, which will not only be cheaper to run and maintain but also eco-friendly."

The new variant Amaze 1.2 S MT Plus (i-VTEC) is modified petrol Honda Amaze which is compatible for CNG fuel option. The Honda Amaze has been a runaway success in India since its launch in 2013 with over 1.30 lakh customers in the country and the new variant with bi-fuel option of Petrol/ CNG is being offered in the market to meet the needs of customers who are looking for an alternate fuel vehicle with high performance and low running cost.

The Honda approved CNG kit will be fitted at Honda Dealerships located in cities where CNG fuel is available in the country. This CNG ready variant of Amaze has been specially tuned during production for CNG compatibility by way of optimizing the suspension, application of CNG specific engine components & specially prepared wiring harnesses to ensure high level of quality.

(Source: Honda Cars India)

No. of CNG cars in Mumbai soars 200% in 4 years

MUMBAI: The number of cars plying on CNG (compressed natural gas) in Mumbai region has shot up by over 200% since 2011, according to data released by Mahanagar Gas Ltd. CNG-fitted cars comprise around 30% of the total number of cars.

The metropolitan region has 4.05 lakh cars plying on CNG. While outlets were first set up around 12 years ago, demand for CNG-driven cars gained momentum only in the past four years. The data revealed that 38,700 cars had switched to CNG in 2011-12, while the figure almost doubled to 79,000 the next fiscal year. In 2013-14, the number of cars went up by 1.22 lakh, a record increase in the last one decade, an MGL spokesperson said.

The green fuel is cheaper (Rs 43.45 per kg against Rs 68.86 per litre for petrol), it gives better mileage and reduces harmful exhaust gas emissions.

Rajesh Jayaram, who had installed a CNG kit in his car recently, said, "There were apprehensions of standing in long queues to fill up CNG fuel. But I now find adequate CNG outlets in the city. It was a wise decision to switch to the green fuel." He advised people to go in for CNG if their cars are being used daily and on long runs.

Jai Shah, a businessman from Mulund, said, "I drive daily from Mulund to Vile Parle for work, and switching to CNG has saved me at least Rs4,000 per month. I am happy that I am not polluting the environment anymore."

An MGL official said that Mumbai region had more than 170 pumps, with 900 dispensing units. There are plans to increase them by 10-20% annually to cater to increasing demand.

He said, "Those wanting to switch to CNG can get kits retrofitted at RTO-approved outlets. There are 36 outlets, details of which can be accessed at mahanagargas.com." Retrofitting costs Rs 30,000-50,000 depending on the model. "It is a one-time investment, but you reap the benefits on a long-term basis," the official said.

Public transport is gradually switching to CNG. BEST has a fleet of 4,200 buses, of which 2,800 have been retrofitted with CNG kits and more may switch over, sources said. The 1.08 lakh autorickshaws and 55,000 taxis and fleet cabs plying in Mumbai operate on CNG. 

MGL senior official Neera Asthana said, "CNG has a higher ignition temperature than other fuels, reducing chances of accidental and spontaneous ignition. It is also eco-friendly. Operating a CNG car is 53% and 25% cheaper than petrol and diesel cars respectively."

MGL is expanding its network to Kalyan, Dombivli, Ambernath, Badlapur, Ulahasnagar, Bhiwandi and Panvel, the sources said.

(Source: The Times Of India)
 
INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Bolivia Performs Over 27,000 CNG Conversions in 2014

Bolivia’s Director General of the Executing Agency for Natural Gas Vehicles Conversion (EEC-GNV), Hernán Vega, has reported to the Ministry of Hydrocarbons and Energy, that 27,141 conversions to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) were carried out to public, private and state vehicles. Since commencing the NGV Conversion Program in 2010, 108,817 free conversions have been carried out.

“The Executing Agency for Natural Gas Vehicles Conversion has been working hard on changing the vehicular energy matrix in the country’s transportation to massively consume what it is domestically produced, i.e. natural gas. The whole conversion process is completely free of charge thanks to the resources of the Hydrocarbons Nationalization fund and, as a result, all national fleet owners should make the transformation,” said Vega.

The national CNG-converted fleet generates more than USD 80 million in savings toward the resources that the state spends to subsidize liquid hydrocarbons. The entire fleet using CNG as fuel generates over USD 250 million savings to the national treasury.

Furthermore, the price of CNG for the consumer is only 50% of gasoline, on an equivalent basis. According to Vega, “A vehicle owner previously spending spending 100 bolivianos in gasoline now only spends 45 bolivianos on CNG to travel the same route.”

To facilitate the mass change of vehicular energy matrix, the EEC-GNV has over 250 workshops authorized and certified to perform the conversion to CNG.

(Source: EEC-GNV)

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