Thanks to the petrol price hike, that the two wheeler manufacturers in the country are in a hurry to invent diesel engines. Not only diesel, but also CNG and hybrid engines are in the list. It was in the end of 90s, Chennai based motorcycle manufacturer, Royal Enfield commenced building diesel powered two wheeler, Tarus. But later, due to the inclined pollution created by the bike obliged authorities to stop production of Tarus.
Nevertheless, it has become an indeed necessity to run a non-petrol engine today. And India's automobile giants are on runways to fly up their ideas and technologies for next generations. Country's 4th largest two wheeler manufacturer, TVS Motors notified that, the company was working on diesel engines in addition to other technologies, but it's in a fairly nascent stage and the technology was very complex compared to petrol. Moreover, the company is under research on hybrid and compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered bikes. Tediously, these two wheelers will be 20-30 percent costlier than the ordinary motors. However, it would be providing better mileage and hence, economical. TVS' hybrid scooter, Qube will be launching by 2013.
India's automobile giant, Mahindra and Mahindra owned Mahindra 2 Wheelers' head of Research and Development, Mr. P. S. Ashok says, "We are looking into diesel technology. We have a very strong diesel background. The company is investing about Rs 500 crore in R&D in the next five years in the development of traditional and alternative fuel technology. Diesel-run bikes are expected to have bigger engines than normal commuter bikes. These could be used in cruiser or touring motorcycles."
World's largest two wheeler manufacturer, Hero Motocorp had already showed their presence by introducing a hybrid scooter concept, Leap, in the Delhi Auto Expo 2012. Meanwhile, Royal Enfield is under procedures in upgrading its discontinued Tarus.
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