To drive home the benefits of lower manufacturing costs in India, Cummins India Ltd and Cummins Westport Inc will be exporting B Gas International natural gas engines to locations such as South America, Eastern Europe and South-East Asian nations, a company official said on Monday.
"We will look at Cummins India as a potential supplier to take the product and sell to other parts of the world," Cummins Westport Inc General Manager (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Greg Young said at the Auto Expo in New Delhi.
The company unveiled its BGI natural gas engines, technology for which is provided by CWI. It is manufacturing these at CIL's facility at Daman where it has a production capacity of 2,000 engines per annum.
Young said India not only provided cost benefits but also high-quality manufacturing and relatively cheaper components.
The company is also supplying these new engines to Tata Motors which has used them on the 'Starbus' currently running on Delhi roads.
"We are talking to almost all the manufacturers for these engines. We are excited about the BGI range of products since these are the first natural gas engines in India that can power other applications such as concrete mixers, refuse trucks that need more power than the stoichiometric gas engines," Cummins India vice-president (automotive business) Arun Ramachandran said.He said the market for alternate fuel was set to grow in India with the increased availability of natural gas resources. "With ratings from 150-230 horsepower, BGI lean burn spark-ignited natural gas engine features many proven components and features," he added.