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Old 27th April 2005, 22:50   #1
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Exclamation Bus running on Bio diesel seen in Pune

Last sunday when I was coming back home I saw a bus at a signal which had a sticker on it saying Powered by BIODIESEL!

As it was raining & I was behind wheels plus using mobile camera did not help at all.
got couple of pics

while in the following pic inside the red there is a bio diesel sticker



in the following pic you can see the sticker saying bio diesel


any idea about this?

also checkout this website http://www.veggiecar.com/
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That is a Tata Motors-Indianoil JV. I think they are running 25 such intra-city commuter buses for trial. Read this month's Autocar for more info.

Biodiesel uses the Jatropha plant residue and is mixed with diesel.

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That is a Tata Motors-Indianoil JV. I think they are running 25 such intra-city commuter buses for trial. Read this month's Autocar for more info.

Biodiesel uses the Jatropha plant residue and is mixed with diesel.

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What are the advantages of using Biodiesel??
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Had attended a workshop/seminar on automobiles at IIT once


There, they showed a demo of Bio-diesel prep.

The prof had collected "used cooking oil" from the hostels and processed it, partly centrifuge it and keep under constant whipping kinda process.


That is further filtered and used with normal diesel.

Its never used by itself. Generally used in a 20:80 ratio with normal diesel.


Advantages being an

-- alternative source
-- lesser emissions

I know of these only. And that time, the project was only in a development phase.

Things have definitely gone ahead with Tata and others pitching in.
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but what would be the running cost of the vehicle as compared to regular diesel and also the wear and tear on engine if any??/
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but what would be the running cost of the vehicle as compared to regular diesel and also the wear and tear on engine if any??/

Running costs decreases to some extent.


Not too sure on the wear n tear part.. though my guess is that it shouldnt be much of an issue.
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Running costs decreases to some extent.
Its hard to say that. If you have a large complex setup, you need volumes to break-even. The problem facing the Tata-Indianoil project is that only 25 odd buses are served, so the cost of manufacturing fuel is high.

Alternatively a small, home-based operation should cost far less, ala Raman (conman) from South India.

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Its hard to say that. If you have a large complex setup, you need volumes to break-even. The problem facing the Tata-Indianoil project is that only 25 odd buses are served, so the cost of manufacturing fuel is high.

Alternatively a small, home-based operation should cost far less, ala Raman (conman) from South India.

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yeah revv

when u r just funding a home-grown project... be it manufacturing safety pins or producing oil... the cost is definitely high.

its just when the thing goes into full-fledge production does it give benefits

Depending on the test results of these trial buses... it may go into mass-prod

I feel it may work, coz there is not much what u are fundamentally changing with the machine

an analogy can b ethanol+petrol giving u gasoline
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There is also a C-class. It has BIO DIESEL in big letters written across the doors. If the high tech 2.2 CDI engine from the C runs on this, I think other engines wont have a problem at all.
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adya I saw this bus taking the turn on Shastri Road towards Mhatre Bridge ..its a Tata company bus btw...infact you can make out from the their paint job.
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hey Abhay actually if you go through todays Sakala newpaper in one of the photos there is a same bus & you can easily read bio diesel
Link - http://www.esakal.com/today/pune6.html
webpage in marathi language
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