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Old 7th February 2007, 18:50   #1
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Default M&M flags off biodiesel / hybrid Scorpio, Bolero DI

Pioneering the user of alternate fuels in India, Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) today unveiled the bio-diesel Scorpio and Bolero DI vehicles for 100% real world usage trials.

The Scorpio with indigenously developed CRDE technology is the first Asian vehicle in its class to run on 100% bio-diesel. M&M also unveiled a 5% bio-diesel tractor.

Source : http://business-standard.com/common/...N&autono=20399
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Old 7th February 2007, 20:12   #2
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Good News...How fast do you reckon we can see these on the road?
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Old 7th February 2007, 23:45   #3
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Mahindra seems to be quite involved in the alternative fuels development, with their Scorpio hybrid, and now this, the bio-diesel Scorpio.

It is nice to see an Indian Manufacturer take concrete steps to bring such vehicles into the market place....hopefully our govt will lend them a helping hand by way of tax cuts/exemptions on such initiatives.
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100% BD?!! Hmmm... now that sounds like some serious business. Best of them run on 40%. What is "real world trials"? Hope they are not trying to make guinea pigs out of their customers.
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Wow! THis is great from M&M. When do these come on the road. I am waiting for the new Scorpio. Does anyone have news when its out?
The hybrid Scorpio sounds interesting. Hope they launch it soon too.
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Old 8th February 2007, 12:05   #6
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Haven't they launched the Scorpio bio-diesel for regular sales? Which fuel pumps sell bio-diesels? And what happened to the Mercedes bio-diesel project. They have had a C class running on bio-diesel for years now.
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Haven't they launched the Scorpio bio-diesel for regular sales? Which fuel pumps sell bio-diesels? And what happened to the Mercedes bio-diesel project. They have had a C class running on bio-diesel for years now.
may be they run the car for a million kms for testing purposes
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We really should applaud M&M for taking the initiative to develop such projects. Looks like the success of the Scorpio has done for them what the Pulsar has done for Bajaj..... the drive towards innovation.
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And what happened to the Mercedes bio-diesel project. They have had a C class running on bio-diesel for years now
Good job but not the first in India.
Mercedes has been running Biodiesel C class in India for quite some time.
Only difference between that and normal C class.. Some plastic bits in the fuel system are changed so that they don't get corroded. Recently this merc went on a golden GQ trip along with almost the entire Mercedes range with some Auto Journalists, autocar has the details.
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Its nothing new, since Tata has been running several biodiesel buses in Pune for its employees for a long time now. I also regularly see the biodiesel C-class in my area.
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Its nothing new, since Tata has been running several biodiesel buses in Pune for its employees for a long time now. I also regularly see the biodiesel C-class in my area.
Around a year ago, i have seen a tata indigo, which had vinyls all around it, displaying proudly that it runs on bio-deisel. It also had a phone number to call for further details, I took the number in a pocket book and forgot about it till today. I will try to find that book and them, what its all about.
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what I remember reading some news papper sometime ago, is you can use bio-diesel with little or no modification to existing diesel engines. (not sure about bio - fossil mix percentage)

does that hold good still?. If then why there is a Bio-Diesel version ?.
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Good initiative. Altho I honestly doubt, behind the PR hype, oil companies will allow such a thing to take off
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what I remember reading some news papper sometime ago, is you can use bio-diesel with little or no modification to existing diesel engines. (not sure about bio - fossil mix percentage)

does that hold good still?. If then why there is a Bio-Diesel version ?.
Thats correct, no engine mods needed, but you need to use corossion resistant plastics in the fuel system as biodiesel is not rubber/plastic/O-ring friendly as far as the current crop of plastics in engines is concerned.
These are minor modifications, and can hardly be termed as mods.
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Thanks tsk1979.

Wonder when will the bio-Diesel available to public. I know some of the depots of KSRTC already runs on Bio-Diesel. Also I have seen a plant between Hosur and Krishnagiri.

As theMag said, they will be some resistance from OIL companies. They have excess money to (distribute in politics) stop / delay alternate fuels.
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