Cummins Westport Inc. (CWI) and Cummins India Ltd. (CIL) announced that the Delhi Transport
Corp. (DTC) ordered 3,125 natural gas buses equipped with CWI's B Gas
Plus engines. The 230 horsepower B Gas Plus engines, powered by compressed
natural gas (CNG), are licensed by CWI and manufactured by CIL.
According to NGVAmerica, the New Delhi Natural Gas Vehicle
Program has halved air pollution numbers in the city from 10 years ago.
Approximately 60,000 auto rickshaws in New
Delhi, India were required to convert to compressed natural gas (CNG) for fuel. A decade
later, the government issued a report hailing the success of the program,
showing that the pollution rate was cut in half despite the fact that the
number of vehicles on the road doubled.
Outside of New
Delhi, ten other major Indian cities also have
aggressive natural gas vehicle conversion programs in an attempt to cut petroleum use. India imports 70 percent of its diesel and gasoline.